Shah Noorani, Lal Qalandar and now Cheesal Shah; I have a few questions to ask

Asfand Tarar 12:27 PM | 6 Oct, 2017
Shah Noorani, Lal Qalandar and now Cheesal Shah; I have a few questions to ask
October 5,2017 marks yet another sad day in history Pakistan after a  suicide bomber ruthlessly claimed dozens of innocent lives. The bomber, reportedly, blew himself into pieces when the shrine was packed with devotees in order to celebrate the anniversary of Syed Cheesal Shah.

At least 22 precious innocent lives were taken, once again. And God knows, how many have lost their limbs or other body parts by sustaining injuries. And that’s just not it. You or I, or anyone, can’t even feel the pain of the families who have lost loved ones in a blink of eye.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Asad Ullah Kakar condemned the attack and updated the masses on how far the investigations are. He told press that the suicide bomber struck just as the police constable confronted him. Salute to the courage of policeman and bravo on their quick response to the situation. But the question that’s bugging me the most is, when are we going to learn to take safety measures first rather than responding quickly to tragedies?

This wasn’t the first attack on a shrine. In November 2016 a suicide bomber blew himself up at Dargha Shah Noorani and claimed 54 lives. In February 2017, yet another attacked happened on the shrine of Lal Qalandar and consumed 88 lives. Despite the fact that we already endured two deadly attacks, this third attack raise a lot of questions about the security situation in Pakistan.

Shouldn’t we have been more prepared? Shouldn’t we have deployed more security?  Was there any plan in place to confront a possible terrorist attack? With the death toll rising every minute , the answers are crystal clear but the one question is still lying there that haunts me, When are we going to learn?

Yes! The government is going to investigate, there is going to be a comittee, there are going to be suggestions and then it’s all going to go deep in file cabinets. We are seeing the drill, since March 19, 2005, when this incessant timeline of blasts on Shrines started with mass murdering on the Pir Rakhel Shah Shrine - located in the remote village of Fateh Pur and with an average of 2 such attacks every year since then.

While the people of Pakistan have constantly been putting all their faith in the police and other law and enforcement departments and  have been trusting them with the lives of their loved ones,  all they face is, disappointment. With police stations looking  like abandoned jails, Government officials dipped in political interests,  the government, the police and every institution we rely on - is impaired from top to bottom, with no work ethic and no efficiency correspondingly, I see no hope, I see no consolation.

Were our leaders only to walk  their kids to school without the swarm of police constables that continuously surround them 24/7 for the sake of their protection and probably even tuck them to bed , they would have realised the first thought that comes into our minds when we see a place full of people as our heart sinks and we pray for our safety and all those innocent people that we see around us. Is the sanctity of their life more important than ours? Do our lives mean nothing? Are we just strays in a directionless country?

Asfand Tarar
Asfand Tarar

Young, Idealistic but Determined


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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