KABUL – The Taliban governor of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province and two others have been killed in a suicide blast at his office.
The provincial police have confirmed the attack, stating that Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, the governor of Balkh, was among those who lost their lives in the attack.
Security officials are investigating how the suicide bomber managed to enter the office of the governor as blast took place at second floor of his office in the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but a regional affiliate of the ISIL group has been involved in various deadly attacks since the Taliban came into power.
A dramatic drop was witness in violence across Afghanistan since the Taliban seized control, but the security situation has again deteriorated with deadly attacks by the ISIL.
KARACHI – US dollar, after plunging massively last week, regained momentum on first working day of the week.
During the intra-day trading, the local currency dropped nearly 0.08 percent in the interbank market and the dollar was being traded at 285.90.
In the open market, Pakistani rupee hovered between 302-305 against the dollar.
Last week, Pakistan's central bank permitted approved dealers to buy dollars on the interbank market in order to settle card-based cross-border transactions using International Payment Schemes (IPS).
The central bank announced in a notification on Wednesday, saying, "It is decided to allow authorised dealers to purchase USD from interbank for settlement of card-based cross-border transactions with IPS [such as Visa, Mastercard, etc.] in view of representations received from stakeholders."
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.
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 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Karachi||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Islamabad||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Peshawar||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Quetta||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Sialkot||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Attock||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Gujranwala||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Jehlum||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Multan||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Gujrat||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Nawabshah||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Chakwal||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Hyderabad||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Nowshehra||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Sargodha||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Faisalabad||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
|Mirpur||PKR 230,800||PKR 2125|
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