PM Shehbaz warns of 'harsh action against state enemies' after violent protests hit Pakistan

09:24 PM | 10 May, 2023
PM Shehbaz warns of 'harsh action against state enemies' after violent protests hit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday addressed the nation after a long day of violent protests by the workers and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over Imran Khan's arrest.

The PTI chairman was taken into custody by anti-graft body, called NAB, with the help of police and Rangers personnel on Tuesday noon from the premises of Islamabad High Court.

In his address, Shehbaz criticised the Imran Khan party for the unrest that engulfed the nation following the arrest of the PTI chairman in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case and said "harsh action will be taken against state's enemies."

The prime minister strongly criticised the PTI in his address to the country, labelling the party members' acts "unforgivable crimes."

He added that Pakistan's political past had been "very bitter", political vengeance has never produced positive outcomes.

Shehbaz Sharif said, under the PTI administration, federal ministers used to discuss specific charges brought against political opponents, and former premier Imran Khan used to foretell arrests.

Not only political rivals, but also family members and close friends, according to PM Shehbaz, were not pardoned.

According to PM Shehbaz, "all evidence" in the AL-Qadir Trust case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan is in place.

He questioned how the PTI cabinet was kept "completely in the dark" about the situation and claimed that the National Accountability Bureau is conducting the probe based on the facts.

"How could it be a cabinet decision when it involves 60 billion rupees from the national treasury?" he added.

The "real role" and duty of political leadership, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is to prevent their employees from crossing legal lines when being arrested.

"As political workers, we are unable to express joy over any arrest. We have really lived through a painful period of life, he remarked.

However, he claimed that via their activities following the former premier's detention, the PTI and party leader Imran Khan had committed the "unforgivable crime" of hatred against the state.

The prime minister urged "terrorists and elements who are enemies of the state" to stop their "anti-state activities" right now, threatening harsh punishment for the "miscreants" if they didn't.

"They'll receive an example-setting punishment." he added.

The PM said "we will not permit anyone to conspire against the protection of the state and ideology of Pakistan, which is more precious to us than our lives."

Nor will we allow their evil plans to come to fruition, he continued.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, 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)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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