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Pakistan condemns cross-border firing in Chaman, demands Kabul to take strictest action

Border crossing briefly closed amid soaring tensions

09:18 AM | 12 Dec, 2022
Pakistan condemns cross-border firing in Chaman, demands Kabul to take strictest action
Source: social media

QUETTA – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the firing by Afghan forces on the civilian in Chaman and called on the Taliban-led government not to repeat such incidents in the future.

In a tweet, the premier called unprovoked shelling and firing by Afghan border forces ‘unfortunate’, saying such attack deserves the strongest condemnations.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Office strongly condemned the unprovoked and indiscriminate Afghan shelling in Chaman, Balochistan that killed at least six people and injured over a dozen.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said such unfortunate incidents are not in keeping with the brotherly ties between the two countries and mentioned that the authorities in the neighboring country have been informed that the recurrence of such incidents must be avoided and the strictest possible action must be taken against those responsible.

Reiterating the responsibility of both sides to protect civilians along the border, Pakistan said both sides remain in contact to ensure that there is no further escalation of the situation and recurrence of such incidents is avoided.

The tragic incident occurred late Sunday when Afghan Taliban attacked a residential area at the Pak-Afghan Chaman border which killed at least six people and left 17 injured, with one minor among the deceased.

Kandahar’s governor's spokesman told an international publication that the incident occurred due to the construction of new checkpoints on the Pak-Afghan border.

Chaman border, one of the major international border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan was briefly closed for trade and movement of citizens after the incident.

Pakistan's army spokesperson on Sunday confirmed that the Afghan forces used artillery and heavy weapons to target the civilian population. Pakistani border troops have given a befitting albeit measured response against the uncalled for aggression, but avoided targeting innocent civilians in the area, ISPR said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddu Bizenjo and other officials condemned the incident and asked the federal government to take up the incident with the Afghan government through diplomatic channels.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 16 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 16, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.7 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.8 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 311.9 314.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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