Veterans urge Indian president to bar use of military for political gains

Haider Ali 04:49 PM | 12 Apr, 2019
Veterans urge Indian president to bar use of military for political gains
NEW DELHI - Whipping up war hysteria by political parties and banking on the military for political gains in India has irked dozens of veterans who have now urged the president to take necessary action in this regard.

Over 150 armed forces personnel including three former Army chiefs and four former Navy chiefs have written to the President and Commander in Chief to protest the manner in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is "taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as to claim the Armed Forces to be 'Modi ji ki Sena'".

The letter, made public on April 11, urges President Ram Nath Kovind to take all necessary steps to urgently "direct all political parties that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas."

Speaking of the politicisation, Army men said that “some concerns have caused considerable alarm and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel of our forces.”

The ex-servicemen also appealed to Ram Nath Kovind to ensure that the 'secular and a-political character of our Armed Forces' is preserved.

Consent Not Taken

Although the letter is being published by leading Indian publications including The Wire, some of the individuals listed in the letter have distanced themselves from the contents.

General SF Rodrigues, the first on the list of names and a former Chief of Army Staff denied having signed the letter, saying “I don’t know what it (the letter) is all about. All my life, we've been apolitical. After 42 years as officer, it's a little late to change. I always put India first. I don’t know who these people are, it is a classic manifestation of fake news,” he told ANI.

Former Air Chief Marshal Nirmal Chandra Suri said his consent had not been taken for the letter.

The General Election In India started on April 11th and would last till May 19th; counting would begin and end on May 23rd.

The letter is in the pretext of whipping up nationalistic sentiments by ruling BJP after the Pulwama attack in occupied-Kashmir in which over 40 Indian soldiers were left dead.

Weeks after the attack, India and Pakistan engaged in an aerial dogfight in which Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets and captured a pilot ABhinandan alive who was set free later.


Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

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.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100


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