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'Choiceless' US to accept travel restrictions, says ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry

Haider Ali 10:21 AM | 12 May, 2018
'Choiceless' US to accept travel restrictions, says ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry
WASHINGTON - Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry expressed on Friday that the United States had no other option than to accept the travel restrictions enforced on diplomats by Islamabad.

Expressing his views over the recent tension between the two countries, the envoy said that the differences between Pakistan and the US were resolvable.

"We have to stay in contact. Problems could only be solved by staying in contact. Pakistan and US are trying to resolve this issue," he suggested.

The official remarked that the enforcement of travel restrictions was a ‘good step’, adding that the mechanism will work as a 24-hour hotline to report any inquiries or issues.

Aizaz Chaudhry’s remarks come a day after Pakistan imposed travel restrictions on US diplomats in a tit-for-tat move as Washington had barred diplomats stationed at the Pakistani Embassy from travelling outside of a 25-mile radius around the city without approval. The restrictions will affect 250 people affiliated with Pakistan’s embassy.

On the other hand, the restrictions applied by Pakistan include introducing a 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 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 took effect from Friday, further escalating already deteriorated bilateral ties.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.

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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 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.5 255.5
Euro EUR 274 276.7
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 Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

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 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100

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