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Sikh activists hold anti-war rally outside UN as India-Pakistan tensions escalate

02:01 PM | 12 Oct, 2016
Sikh activists hold anti-war rally outside UN as India-Pakistan tensions escalate
NEW YORK - A large number of Sikhs from all over North America Tuesday staged a rally outside UN Headquarters in New York against India’s military build-up in the border State of Punjab, amid growing tensions with Pakistan.

Sikh activists, carrying placards “Boycott India’s Jingoistic War” and raising slogans of “India’s Dirty War, No Way – Punjab’s Referendum On The Way”, pledged to support Independence Referendum to liberate “Indian Occupied Punjab.”

A delegation of “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ), a human rights NGO, met with diplomats from Uruguay’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and submitted a memorandum seeking immediate intervention of the Security Council to stop India from turning Punjab into a battlefield, according to a SFJ press release.

Uruguay is one of the 15 members of the UN Security Council and is due to hold the Presidency of the 15-member body in January 2017.

Citing the impact of recent Indian military build-up in Punjab, the memorandum said that Sikhs in Punjab have already started suffering from India’s military buildup that has forced thousands of Sikh farmers to evacuate from their farms, “turning them into refugees in their ancestral homeland”.

“India’s jingoistic war with Pakistan which she intends to pursue at the cost of Sikh people, their lands and lives, is becoming a human tragedy of mammoth proportions” SFJs memorandum further states.

“War is not a solution to the Kashmir and Punjab issues where people are merely demanding their right to self-determination through plebiscite and referendum” Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to
SFJ, said in a statement
“We are asking Security Council to stop India from waging a war, and instead fulfill its obligations under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by allowing people of Kashmir and Punjab to exercise their right to self-determination”, Pannun said.

The anti-war “Save Punjab Rally” was organized by “Sikh For Justice” (SFJ) in collaboration with Sikh political parties, civil rights groups and management committees of the Sikh temples across North America, the press release said.


Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
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 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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