ISLAMABAD – Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood has urged the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to take cognizance of the growing hate speech, and the rising tide of Islamophobia in India as ruling BJP leaders’ blasphemous remarks drew massive criticism from Muslim countries.
Last week, BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made blasphemous remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The act sparked clashes in an Indian state where Muslims prompted demands for the spokeswoman’s arrest.
Sohail Mahmood individually met the Envoys of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (P-5) in Islamabad, this week, to apprise them of the derogatory and offensive remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP.
“Recalling the special responsibility of the P-5 countries regarding the maintenance of international peace and security and upholding of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the Foreign Secretary called upon them to take cognizance of this abhorrent development, the growing hate speech, and the rising tide of Islamophobia in India,” read Foreign Office press release.
The foreign secretary underscored that the BJP’s perfunctory and token disciplinary action against these individuals will not assuage the hurt they have caused to Muslims worldwide.
Noting the clear and consistent pattern of state-sanctioned persecution of Muslims, the Foreign Secretary added that the failure of the BJP leadership and the Indian Government to unequivocally condemn the recent sacrilegious comments was yet another proof of the impunity enjoyed by ‘Hindutva’ zealots.
He stressed that India must be urged to take decisive and demonstrable actions against those responsible. India should also be held accountable for stifling the rights of its religious minorities, especially its Muslim population, and urged to ensure full protection of their fundamental rights and freedoms.
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 9, 2023 (Thursday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||331||334.2|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.08||35.43|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.63||175.63|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs193,700 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs166,070.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Karachi||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Islamabad||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Peshawar||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Quetta||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Sialkot||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Attock||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Gujranwala||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Jehlum||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Multan||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Gujrat||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Nawabshah||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Chakwal||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Hyderabad||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Nowshehra||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Sargodha||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Faisalabad||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|
|Mirpur||PKR 193,700||PKR 2,350|