A local Pakistani news channel irked netizens after the news broadcaster mis-associated poetry verses with national poet, Allama Iqbal, on Iqbal Day celebrated on November 9.
Iqbal, who is referred to as the Poet of East, was a prominent figure in the creation of Pakistan and drove Muslim leaders, especially Quaid e Azam, to create a separate state for Muslims. Iqbal’s poetry which is heavily influenced by Sufi poets and philosophical figures, is multifaceted and mutli-layered often serving as the basis of self-awakening. Pakistan celebrates November 9 as Iqbal Day to pay homage to the founding father of the nation and to regard him as the national poet.
On the occasion of Iqbal day, multiple news channels and television programs paid tribute to the poet in by reading verses of Iqbal’s poetry and spreading his message to the younger generation. In one such instance, a news anchor read off poetic verses believing them to be of Iqbal’s, however, they weren’t.
Netizens took to social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to correct the anchor and the news channel while also reflecting on the naivety and lack of acknowledgment of the national poet.
سر یہ کونسے والے اقبال کی نظم ہے؟ pic.twitter.com/jKV3xEjjlL— Salman Durrani (@DurraniViews) November 9, 2023
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Karachi||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Quetta||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Attock||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Multan||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|