"Pakistan faces international isolation," details of unprecdented top-secret civil-military meeting leaked

11:58 AM | 6 Oct, 2016

  • Shahbaz Sharif spoke up about govt's helplessness in front of military during the meeting

  • Nawaz Sharif wants Pathankot and Mumbai attacks properly investigated

  • "You can arrest whoever you want," DG ISI gives go-ahead to govt to indiscriminately target all militant groups

  • DG ISI to travel to all provinces and brief ISI sector commanders

ISLAMABAD - In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and company has directed the military leadership to immediately take on the militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Haqqani Network as the delay in action is resulting in increased international pressure and diplomatic isolation, reported the daily Dawn on Thursday.

The civilian and military leadership of the country held two long rounds of deliberations on tensions with India and implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Monday and Tuesday.

Read More:PM Office responds to leaked top-secret meeting proceedings

Prior to a top-level meeting on Monday, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry gave an exclusive briefing to a small group of civil and military officials. During which, he told the participants that the country has been facing a diplomatic isolation as ties with the US have deteriorated and will continue to further deteriorate until the demand of action against the Haqqani Network is met.

On the occasion, Chaudhry also informed the meeting that there has been a global pressure for the completion of investigation into Pathankot attack in India and action against groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

After Foreign Secretary's candid presentation, Director General Inter-Service Intelligence Lt-General Rizwan Akhtar asked Aizaz Chaudhry what steps could be taken to prevent the isolation. At which, Chaudhry suggested a strict action against Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hafiz Saeed of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani Network, Dawn newspaper's Cyril Almeida said while quoting unnamed sources present inside the meeting.

To Foreign Secretary’s unexpected and blunt response, the DG ISI said the government could arrest whosoever it wants.

At this point, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif jumped into the exchange of arguments and told Rizwan Akhtar that whenever civilian forces take action against these groups, the military establishment subtly takes steps to get these elements out of jail.

Assessing the sensitivity of the heated debate, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif interfered and addressed to the spy master that he was not being accused of something that happened in the past as a policy.

In the end, it was decided that DG ISI Lt-General Rizwan Akhtar, along with National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua, would travel all four provinces with a message to the provincial apex committees and the ISI sector commanders that intelligence agencies would not interfere in case of any action against the militant groups previously considered off-limits for civilian action.

The civilian and military leadership also agreed to conclude the Pathankot investigation as soon as possible and resume the stalled case of Mumbai attacks in the Rawalpindi ATC.

Senior journalist Cyril Almeida, with reference to unnamed sources, claimed that both Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry’s lucid responses to the DG ISI and Shahbaz Sharif’s intervention were actually engineered by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to trigger the debate with military leadership.

Quoting an unnamed government official the journo further reported: "Wait till November to see if action will be taken. By then a lot of things will be settled."

It may also be noted here that only a limited number of civilian and military officials were present in the highly sensitive meeting which took place in Prime Minister's Office, yet the reporter was able to obtain the significant details of the proceedings through certain sources.

Both the civilian and military leadership need to investigate into the matter and identify the insider who leaked such precise pieces of information to the media. As presence of such individuals in top-level meetings is a serious question mark on the confidentiality of the policy affairs.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check latest rates here

Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.

Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 6 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.7  286.75 
Euro EUR 309  312 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 361  364 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.6 78.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.58 766.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.41 41.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.49 36.84
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 923.13 932.13
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.36 79.06
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.09 8.24

Gold price sees major drop in Pakistan; Check today gold rates - 6 Dec 2023

KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 6 December 2023

On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100. 

Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.

In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Karachi PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Islamabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Peshawar PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Quetta PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sialkot PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Attock PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujranwala PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Jehlum PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Multan PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Bahawalpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujrat PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nawabshah PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Chakwal PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Hyderabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nowshehra PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sargodha PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Faisalabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Mirpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625


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