Top civil military leaders rushed to southwestern region days after deadly attacks
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday announced an increase of 15 percent in salaries of troops of Frontier Constabulary and Rangers.
He made the announcement while addressing troops during his visit to Naushki where members of the armed forces, including an officer, were martyred last week during a terrorist attack on Feb 2.
The prime minister lauded the bravery of security forces for successfully repulsing the terrorist attack, adding that militants cannot succeed in their nefarious designs.
He said that no armed forces in the world have faced the kind of war that Pakistani security forces are fighting. He said that whole Pakistan nation stands with their forces
He revealed that terrorists were receiving funds from anti-Pakistan elements to create anarchy in the country.
The premier highlighted that the development and financial uplift of Balochistan were on the top of the government agenda.
He said that second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will benefit Balochistan mostly, adding that the government had set aside funds for the construction of the Chaman-Quetta-Karachi highway.
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also reached Naushki district.
A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the top commander will spend the day with forces and also meet those who repulsed the attack in Balochistan.
COAS will be briefed about the security situation in the area as well as operational preparedness of the formation to counter-terrorist activities.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister will also meet security personnel to boost the morale of the security forces. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet on Tuesday, said the cabinet meeting has been postponed.
Chaudhry added that our soldiers are our pride. The sons of Pakistan are always ready to sacrifice their lives for the motherland.
آج کابینہ کا اجلاس منسوخ کردیاگیا ہے، وزیراعظم اور آرمی چیف آج کا دن بلوچستان میں سیکیورٹی فورسز کے جوانوں کے ساتھ گزاریں گے،جوان جن کے عزم پہاڑوں سے بلند اور جذبوں میں سمندروں سے زیادہ وسعت ہے ہمارا فخر بھی ہیں اور ہمارا مان بھی، پاکستان کے یہ بیٹے مادر وطن کیلئےسربکف ہیں— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 8, 2022
The visit was meant to acknowledge the unsung heroes who laid down their lives for the country and also to show solidarity with the armed forces amid a flare-up of violence in the southwestern region.
Some other reports suggest that the premier will visit provincial capital Quetta and Naushki today and will also hold meetings with state administration including Chief Minister and Governor. Khan will receive a briefing on the security situation following the successful operation against terrorists.
Pakistan’s mineral-rich province is witnessing a surge in terror attacks with foreign-funded terrorists targeting security forces.
Last week, militants attacked two security posts in the Panjgur and Naushki districts. Later, Pakistan forces launched a clean-up operation and twenty terrorists were killed during the operations while nine security personnel embraced martyrdom.
Security experts hint that the resurgence of terrorism in Pakistan is not unexpected amid the involvement of foreign elements.
India reportedly funded terrorists in the region as its a key route of the $64-billion CPEC project, which aims to connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinxiang province to Gwadar port through a network of roads, railways, and pipelines for cargo, oil, and gas transportation.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.
On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.
|Lahore||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Karachi||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Islamabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Peshawar||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Quetta||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Sialkot||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Attock||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Gujranwala||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Jehlum||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Multan||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Gujrat||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Nawabshah||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Chakwal||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Hyderabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Nowshehra||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Sargodha||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Faisalabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Mirpur||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|