ISLAMABAD – Caretaker foreign minister Jalil Abbas Jilani has said that Pakistan has registered a strong protest with Afghanistan after an attack on two military posts in the Chitral district.
According to the Pakistan Army's media wing, 12 militants were killed and four soldiers were martyred in a gunbattle in Lower Chitral after militants attacked Pakistani posts on September 6.
The Pakistani Taliban, or the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the attack in a statement.
“Pakistan registered a strong protest over the incident, summoned the Afghan Cd’A in Islamabad yesterday, and handed over a protest note to him,” Jilani told reporters at a media briefing on Saturday.
“It is the responsibility of the Afghan government that if attacks are occurring in Pakistan from their soil, then it should stop them.”
He said Pakistan expected the Afghan government to prevent the use of its territory for such attacks in future. “So, our expectation from the Afghan government is that it suppresses all such elements, whether it is the TTP or others,” Jilani added.
Pakistan’s caretaker interior minister, Sarfraz Bugti, noted the Afghan Taliban had pledged in the Doha Agreement that they would not allow the use of their soil against any other country.
“We expect that you will honor the Doha Agreement and your land will not be used against any other country,” Bugti said. “This is our expectation and demand from them.”
Earlier this week, clashes between security forces of the two countries led to the closure of a main border crossing at Torkham, with trucks laden with goods lining the roads and travelers stranded on either side of the border for a fourth consecutive day on Saturday.
“We believe that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be a border of peace and amity between the two countries,” Pakistani foreign office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said at a press briefing in Islamabad this week.
“If there is a closure of the border from the Pakistan side, it is not because Pakistan wishes to create difficulties for traders and genuine visitors. It happens only when there is a grave security risk.”
She said Pakistan was in contact with the Afghan authorities and conveyed its concerns about the security threat that Pakistan faced, including the recent attacks.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.
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)
|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 witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
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.
|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|