Pakistanis ‘living in hell’ since joining US fight against Soviet Union: Asif

09:08 AM | 6 Oct, 2017
Pakistanis ‘living in hell’ since joining US fight against Soviet Union: Asif
WASHINGTON - Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has lamented the Pakistan’s decision made in 80s regarding entering into the US war against the Soviet Union.

The foreign minister while speaking at the United States Institute of Peace said, “we are living in hell” due to becoming a member of this war, adding that no one think about Pakistan after winning the fight.

Since then Pakistan is facing “every kind of friction, religious, ethnic and political intolerance,” he said, adding, “This is the baggage we carry from the 80s".

Despite joining its wars, Pakistan senses an air of mistrust in relations with the US, the minister said.

"Yes, there is a trust deficit," he remarked.

Highlighting country’s achievement, Asif said: "Pakistan is the only victor in the war against terrorism," adding, "our achievements are better than any other country's."

He reiterated that Pakistan did not seek any material help from the US, “all we want is respect."

He stressed "Ensuring security in Afghanistan is critical for the region," adding "we will be the biggest beneficiary of peace in Afghanistan."

"Burden of a 16-year-long war in Afghanistan has now passed to a new Afghanistan," he said, adding "for Pakistan the timeline of managing the fallout of Afghanistan's instability is 30 years and still counting. This is more than half of our life as an independent country."

He said that Pakistan desired "productive relations" with Afghanistan in order to curb safe havens of terrorists in neighbouring country and strengthen border management.

He called on the US to actively work with Pakistan towards peace in South Asia.

Speaking on the event, he said: "Four years ago, Pakistan had one the highest incidences of terrorism anywhere in the world. Pakistan responded to this tide of terrorism by building a strategic national consensus on a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy."

He added, "our troops have bravely soldiered in terrain that has deceived visitors for centuries. What is often forgotten is that Pakistan has been conducting a series of major counter-terrorism operations for over a decade and has progressively secured all territory on its side of the border."

“From thousands of nameless Pakistanis to kids like the 17 years old Malala Yousufzai, the Nobel laureate and 15 years old Aitzaz Hassan, the school boy who died while protecting his class fellows - to the 22 years old Lt Arsalan Alam who was martyred last month by terrorists attacking from Afghanistan - we have a long list of heroes in every town,” the foreign minister said.

He said, "We will continue to work for peace and stability."

Talking about Kashmiris, he said: "The plight of Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir cannot be ignored by the international community. As the time has passed the brutality of Indian security forces has increased and the civility of Indian occupation has diminished".

Responding to Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa's comments regarding hitting nuclear installations of Pakistan, he said:  "If that happens, nobody should expect restraint form us. That’s the most diplomatic language I can use”.

Talking to reporters, he termed Donald Trump's comments regarding supporting terrorism as "hallow allegations".

“You want us to sniff them out, we will do that. You want us to take action against them, whatever action you propose, we will do that… (but) these hollow allegations are not acceptable,” Geo News quoted minister.

“We are not saying we are saints. Perhaps in the past, we made some mistakes. But since the last three, four years, we are wholeheartedly, single-mindedly, we are targeting these terrorists,” Asif said.


Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 3 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15 287.95
Euro EUR 309.9 310.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4 360.05
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices increase in Pakistan; check out today gold rates in Pakistan - 3 December 2023  

The price of gold increased by thousands of rupees due to an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 3 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,800 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,450.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs201,482, 21 karat rate costs Rs192,325 and 18k gold rate is Rs164,850.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Karachi PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Islamabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Peshawar PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Quetta PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sialkot PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Attock PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujranwala PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Jehlum PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Multan PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Bahawalpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujrat PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nawabshah PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Chakwal PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Hyderabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nowshehra PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sargodha PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Faisalabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Mirpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730


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