Pakistan marks Navy Day to pay respects to naval heroes

12:38 PM | 8 Sep, 2018
Pakistan marks Navy Day to pay respects to naval heroes
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Navy Day is being marked across the country today with traditional zeal and zest to commemorate the role of Pakistan Navy in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

Apart from air-force, the Navy contingents through its ‘Operation Dwarka’ or ‘Operation Somnath’ on the night between 7th and 8th September 1965 cast a spell on India and made it impossible for the rival forces to execute their dream of taking over control of Pakistan.

A fleet of seven ships that included PNS Alamgir, PNS Babur, PNS Badr, PNS Khaibar, PNS Jahangir, PNS Shah Jahan and PNS Tipu Sultan set sail for Dwarka (city in the Indian state of Gujarat).

The primary objective of the attack was to destroy the radar station at Dwarka which Pakistani Naval intelligence believed had a Huff-Duff beacon to guide Indian bombers.

According to reports, the first nine shells fired by the Pakistani warships hit the Indian Naval Radar station directly, destroying most of the infrastructure, killing 13 sailors, and two officers.

The Naval Radar Station was being used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to attack Pakistan territory but after the effective attack by the Pakistan Navy, IAF had to suspend its operation in a surprise blow.

The main ceremony in this regard will be held at PNS Qasim Manora. The families of the martyrs of Pakistan Navy have especially been invited to attend the prestigious ceremony.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has said that the Navy Day is reminiscent of a glorious chapter in Pakistani nation’s history when unmatched courage and unwavering commitment of men in whites quashed the pipe dreams and misplaced ambitions of our adversary.

In his message issued here by Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy on the occasion of Pakistan Navy Day the Naval Chief said, “Pakistan Navy through a bold and daring Operation Somnath attacked Indian Radar Station at Dwarka; and right at the onset of the war gained psychological ascendancy and subsequently a single prowling submarine, PNS/M GHAZI maintained unchallenged superiority at sea throughout the war. This effectively led to the might of the Indian Fleet including their Aircraft Carrier being confined inside the harbours.”

“Pakistan Navy commemorates this day to pay tributes to our Ghazis and War Heroes whose sacrifices and gallant acts instill in us a renewed spirit and unabating resolve. While fondly remembering the daring acts of our officers and men who humbled and frustrated the adversary, this day calls for rekindling the spirit of sacrifice and selfless devotion to the country.”

“Today Pakistan is facing a myriad of security challenges on internal and external fronts. On the internal front, certain anti-Pakistan players seek to disturb peace and harmony in our country. Armed forces of Pakistan are at the forefront of the national resolve of eradicating such elements from the country. Pakistan Navy is also playing its due role as part of ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fassad’ in collaboration with Pakistan Army, PAF and other Law Enforcement Agencies,” he added.

He said the prevalent international environment continued to be dynamic and in a state of flux.

Just a day earlier, Pakistan marked Air Force Day with traditional fervour and dignity to pay tribute to martyred pilots who lost their lives to defend the country in the war of 1965 against India.

A ceremony to commemorate the martyrdom of Rashid Minhas was held in Karachi. A smartly turned out contingent of the air force presented a salute to the martyred pilot.

On September 6th, Pakistan observed the Defence and Martyrs Day to pay homage to the fallen soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty and other civilians who lost their lives defending the homeland.

The day dawned with 31 gun salute at Federal Capital and 21 gun salutes at provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered after Fajr prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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