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Pakistan slaps restrictions on US diplomats in tit-for-tat row

12:20 PM | 11 May, 2018
Pakistan slaps restrictions on US diplomats in tit-for-tat row
WASHINGTON – As diplomatic tussle escalated following Trump administration’s travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats, Islamabad slapped reciprocal limitations on United States diplomats in the country.

Foreign Office has formally informed United States embassy about the restrictions, stating, "In case the travel permission regime for Pakistani diplomats/officials is implemented by the State Department, Pakistan would be obliged to take reciprocal actions".

The restrictions include introducing a similar travel permission regime for the US Embassy/Consulate staff in Pakistan, treating US diplomatic cargo at Pakistani airports and ports strictly in accordance with the provisions of Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (which does not provide for an exemption from scanning) and implementing strictly the rules (already shared with the Embassy on 27 April 2018) governing interaction between Pakistan government officials and foreign diplomats".

 



Pakistan also withdrew facilities being extended to the US Embassy/Consulates, including use of tinted glass on official vehicles and rented transport, use of non-diplomatic number plates on official vehicles, use of diplomatic number plates on unspecified/rented vehicles, use of biometrically unverified/unregistered cell phone SIMs, hiring or shifting of rented properties without prior NOC,  installing radio communication at residences and safe houses without prior NOC and overshooting visa validity periods and having multiple passports.

The limitations on the movement of Pakistani diplomats and their families in the US are going to in effect from today (Friday), further escalating already deteriorated bilateral relations.

In a recent letter sent by the US State Department, the Pakistani diplomatic staff working in the embassy in Washington and four consulates in other cities would be required a permission at least five days in advance if they want to go beyond the set limit of 25 miles radius.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/travel-restrictions-imposed-on-pakistani-diplomats-in-us/

Earlier, the local media reported that Pakistan too planned to enforce similar restrictions on US diplomats in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The US officials are already prohibited from risky areas in order to protect them from possible terrorist attack.

The US lawmakers have also advised the Trump administration not to take imposed such restrictions as it was not a smart thing.

Addressing a meeting of the Pakistani American Congress on Capitol Hill, a Congressman, Donald Norcros, called for dialogue to ease tension, adding, “And if (by imposing those restrictions) we are inhibiting conversation, I do not think that’s a smart thing to do."

Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry sai, “We do understand the war in Afghanistan is not winding down and we also understand that President Trump has set a deadline,” adding, “Pakistan too wants peace in Afghanistan. We share the same objectives.”

Besides talking about Afghan issue, the ambassador highlighted the Kashmir issue and said: “I believe the US has emboldened India to take a heavy-handed approach in Kashmir,” he said.

Congressman Norcross said, “We are starting to work on having a much more productive relationship, Afghan-Pakistan terrorism has been a huge issue and it does not just affect our country but also your country,” he said.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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