US diplomat Elizabeth Horst performs groundbreaking of Punjab Forensic Science Agency's training hostel

Web Desk 07:26 PM | 12 Sep, 2022
US diplomat Elizabeth Horst performs groundbreaking of Punjab Forensic Science Agency's training hostel
Source: US Consulate General Lahore (Facebook)

LAHORE – United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for South and Central Asia Bureau Elizabeth Horst performed groundbreaking of Punjab Forensic Science Agency’s training hostel in Lahore.

US Consulate General Lahore said Elizabeth Horst broke ground on a $350,000 US Embassy International Narcotics and Law Enforcement-funded men and women training hostel at the Punjab Forensic Science Agency.  

The visit of US diplomat highlighted the 75th anniversary of US-Pakistan relations, a long-standing partnership based in shared interests and common goals, the statement said.

United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary was accompanied by the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Director Lori Antolinez to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency training hostel.  

The agency provides training for Pakistan’s crime laboratory personnel, law enforcement investigators, judges, and prosecutors. This partnership helps to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies and the country’s judicial system to solve crimes and deliver justice.  

Since 2018, the United States has provided $1.3 million in assistance to PFSA for training, facilities, and equipment.  During the ceremony PDAS Horst said, “The United States is committed to working with Pakistan to improve the training, standards, and investigative capacity of the police.  We applaud your contributions towards the achievement of those goals.”

In a meeting with women business leaders from across Punjab, PDAS Horst underscored that the United States has long been the top export destination for Pakistan and described the U.S.-Pakistan commercial relationship as a vehicle for economic growth for both countries.  She also emphasized the vital role women play in economic development, highlighting that “the United States looks forward to deeper cooperation with Pakistan on ways to successfully integrate more women into the economy.” She noted that U.S. support to women-led small and medium sized enterprises across Pakistan has already created over 5000 new jobs.

Horst also offered condolences for those affected by the devastating flooding in Pakistan as country suffered one of the worst flood in recent history. She further underscored the Washington’s commitment to support affected communities, adding that, “We have provided more than $50 million towards life-saving food support, shelters, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene improvements, and are working closely with our local partners and Pakistani authorities to ensure that we can continue to be of assistance.”

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Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 6, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

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.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125


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