Pak Army rules out fighting someone else's war again

04:06 PM | 6 Dec, 2018
Pak Army rules out fighting someone else's war again
RAWALPINDI - Clarifying that no war can be solely won through military strategy, Pakistan Army has asserted that it will not fight some else's war again.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the head of military's media wing, while briefing media on Wednesday expressed that the average of terror incidents has fallen since 2013 and the number of civilian casualties has also decreased.

On Balochistan, the spokesperson said the province made 43 per cent of the country with only 6 per cent of the population adding that the armed forces have changed deployment according to the geography of the province.

Terrorist incidents in the province had fallen and 18 had taken place in 2018 and in the last three years over 2,000 Ferraris had surrendered in the province which was a good step, he highlighted.

Noone Above The Law: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed that no person or institution was above the law. DG ISPR read out the army chief’s message during the interaction.

“We will reconstruct Pakistan brick-by-brick to have a normalised Pakistan… the country will run as per the Constitution,” the army’s spokesperson quoted the COAS as saying.

According to Gen Qamar, the prerogative of violence rests with the state alone.

Karachi Operation

The military spokesman said the law and order situation in Pakistan's southern metropolis had improved in the last few years for which the law enforcers deserve due appreciation.

Branding Karachi as the country's economic engine, the DG ISPR said the situation in the city would further improve.

Raddul Fassad

The military spokesman said 44 major operations had taken place under Radd-ul-Fasaad in the country adding that the armed forces will work with the government on the matter.

Stating that no war can end merely with operations, Major General Bajwa stressed the need for social-economic development, especially in Fata.

Don't Cross the Limits, PTM

Major General Ghafoor said Pashtun Tahafuzz Movement had three demands with the first one regarding checkposts.

"Pakistan Army has decreased its check-posts in KP/FATA with 331. When we believe that there is no need for even one check-post we will remove them," he vowed.

The official continued that the second demand of the PTM was to clear mines, which DG ISPR said was being done.

"Our troops have suffered casualties due to these mines and unexploded bombs. One day we will clear the area from mines," he added.

Major General Asif Ghafoor said the third demand of the PTM was over missing persons.

"Overall cases from 2010-11 were 7,000 with the Supreme Court hearing it on a daily basis. From these 7,000 cases over 4,000 cases had been settled. 3,000 plus cases are under process with 2,000 cases with the commission," he observed.

He stressed that the PTM was treading a path where it might cross the line and the state is forced to use force.

He warned PTM that the state would use its authority if PTM crosses the limits.

Pak-India Ties

The military spokesman said ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) had increased and India was deliberately targeting civilians.

"The government took the initiative to develop the Kartarpur corridor which was portrayed in a bad light in the Indian media," he added.

Responding to Indian army chief's statement that Pakistan should become secular for talks, DG ISPR said, "They do not need to tell us what kind of a country we should be. Are they [India] secular? Look what is happening to the 200 Muslims there."

Trump's Letter

On US President Donald Trump's letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, DG ISPR said Pakistan had always said there was a need for a political reconciliation in war-battered Afghanistan.

"Pakistan will take every step to make this reconciliation successful. This political reconciliation must succeed. We hope the US leaves Afghanistan as a friend of the region, not as a failure," he observed.

When asked about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that the Army was standing by PTI’s stance, DG ISPR responded that he had listened to Imran Khan's interview thrice and said it was taken out of context.

“There is no doubt that we will never fight anyone’s war. This war was imposed on us,” DG ISPR responded.

Accountability Within Army

Commenting on the accountability process of the Pakistan Army, DG ISPR said, "We are a disciplined force. There is a chain of command and rules and regulations. There is a branch which is tasked with discipline and accountability."

He continued that despite the measures in place if rules are violated by the militarymen, punishment is handing over.

"In 2017-18 almost 400 Pakistan officers have been given punishments which range from a warning to dismissals and even jail," Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

The military spokesman also said officers faced strict punishments than soldiers.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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