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New UN chief ready to mediate between India-Pakistan for defusing tension

11:53 AM | 7 Jan, 2017
New UN chief ready to mediate between India-Pakistan for defusing tension
Antonio Guterres appreciates Pakistan's effective counter-terrorism measures

WASHINGTON - The new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has offered to play a role of an honest broker between Pakistan and India to settle the prevailing disputes, according to diplomatic sources.

The UN chief made the offer after Pakistan's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi gave an extensive briefing on the situation, especially the positioning of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir's Kupwara and Rajauri districts along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, indicating another escalatory move.

Ambassador Lodhi, who met the secretary-general on Friday, said the new Indian deployments in recent weeks appeared to be "ominous".

During the meeting, she handed over a dossier on India's interference and terrorism in Pakistan. A follow up to the three dossiers submitted last October, it contains additional information and proof of Indian/RAW interference in Pakistan and involvement in terrorism particularly in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi.

According to sources, Ambassador Lodhi told the UN chief that Pakistan had shown immense restraint in the face of India's war-mongering and exercised caution in responding to unprovoked Indian cross-border shelling over the past few months, despite the dangerous situation building up on many fronts.

At the same time, Ambassador Lodhi warned that Pakistan had the capability to "respond appropriately" and would not tolerate any threat to its territorial integrity.

The Pakistani envoy hoped that the United Nations and the international community would, in the interest of maintaining peace and security, urge India to understand the dangers and futility of any military misadventure.

Guterres, who served as the high commissioner for refugees for 10 years before his appointment as the world body's chief, appreciated Pakistan's role in hosting millions of Afghan refugees for such a long period of time.

He paid tributes to the professionalism of Pakistani peacekeepers serving in the UN Missions around the globe. Pakistan is among the top troop contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, with over 9,000 troops and police personnel deployed at the world's hot spots.

The secretary-general also appreciated Pakistan's effective counter-terrorism measures that have broken the back of terrorists.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
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 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
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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