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Foreign policy: Asif hints at inclining towards China, Russia instead of US

09:35 AM | 6 Dec, 2017
Foreign policy: Asif hints at inclining towards China, Russia instead of US
ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said Pakistan was revisiting its foreign policy according to the prevailing international scenario, besides hinting at a major shift in the policy.

Speaking at a seminar organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad, the foreign minister said that Pakistan had been following a US-centric policy for a long time, adding that it was the need of the hour to bring a change in it and shift it towards Russian and China.

Refuting the impression that Pakistan is suffering from isolation diplomatically, Asif said that bilateral ties with Russia had strengthened during the past years. He added that Pak-China relations had taken a new dimension.

He highlighted that a country could not drive an independent foreign policy without achieving economic strength.

Stressing on the need to develop correct ties, Ais said "We have to convert our diplomatic outpost to trade outpost," adding that the US has been one of the major trade partners of Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

Talking about the Afghan issue, the foreign minister said that Pakistan wanted rule of peace in Afghanistan as “We are still suffering very badly from the Afghan war”. He urged the US to build relation with Pakistan sans Afghan prism.

Refusing the concerns of neighbouring countries, he said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer project, which will benefit the entire region.

“We also maintained neutrality in the regional conflicts,” Asif said while referring to Pakistan’s relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia.

We will also have to put our house in order, he said while referring to the Faizabad interchange sit-in. "It was not a good example," Asif accepted.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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