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John Kerry admits construction of tactical security operations centers in Pakistan

09:08 AM | 7 Jan, 2017
John Kerry admits construction of tactical security operations centers in Pakistan
NEW YORK - Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Pakistan was among the key countries in which the United States built state-of-the-art tactical security operations centers.

In a 21-page exit memo, the top US diplomat also named Afghanistan and Iraq among the countries where the Obama administration constructed such centers. Kerry kept mum in his memo about the whereabouts of those centers and how they were operated.

The memo only says that “we have constructed state-of-the-art tactical security operations centres in key countries, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.”

Secretary Kerry noted in the memo that Afghanistan and Pakistan were Al Qaeda strongholds when the Obama administration took charge but in the last eight years, the group’s core leadership in these two countries had ‘decimated’ and its chief, Osama bin Laden, eliminated.

Excerpt from Kerry's memo

Kerry admitted that Afghanistan was from from perfect, despite the fact that US entered there as early as 2001.

"Afghanistan is far from perfect, and it will take sustained engagement and effort in the years ahead to protect the progress we’ve made," he warned.

"We must continue to support the Afghan people as they work to build a secure and peaceful future in the months and years ahead," he added.

The exit memo, which summarises the Obama administration’s foreign policy achievements, also includes tips for the president-elect Donald Trump such as keeping the nuclear accord with Iran, continuing efforts for a two-state solution in the Middle East and to remain engaged in the fight against the militant Islamic State group.

Barack Obama is all set to leave the White House after serving for 8 long years as US president. Real estate tycoon Donald Trump will be taking charge of presidency on January 20 and with that, US is expected to reorganize the basic framework of foreign policy.

The writer is a civil servant.


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
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
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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