Collaborative efforts required to control human trafficking

Web Desk 08:09 PM | 13 Feb, 2023
Collaborative efforts required to control human trafficking

ISLAMABAD – Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar organised crime, is a transnational issue that makes young men and women more vulnerable, particularly in the times of economic meltdown and high inflation. Citizens, especially the youth that is over 60 percent of Pakistan’s total population needs to be sensitized about this serious offence, this was emphasized during a seminar organised at the Department of Sociology, International Islamic University, Islamabad in collaboration with the Pakistan-US Alumni Network.

The seminar was attended by over a hundred students, faculty members, and other stakeholders. Dr. Akhlaq Ahmad, Chairperson Department of Sociology while welcoming the attendants highlighted that human trafficking was a serious threat for young people who wish to study or work abroad at any cost as they can be easy targets for the traffickers.

Prof. Dr. Farhan Navid Yousaf, the Director of Centre for Peace and Security Studies at University of the Punjab, Lahore was the main organiser of this seminar. “Human Trafficking stems from the social issues and people at the margins of society such as poor, children, women and young people are disproportionately affected”, he said. Dr. Farhan stressed that people who are given false hope that they might find work, a spouse, or have a better life abroad, notably in Europe and the Middle East, quickly realise that they were deceived by the traffickers.

FIA Director Humyun Masood Sandhu highlighted the efforts made by Government of Pakistan to get rid of human trafficking. He said that Pakistan has improved its international ranking and is committed to combat the threat of human trafficking by creating a strong coordination infrastructure that would bring traffickers to justice and safeguard victims.

Syed Kausar Abbas, the Executive Director of Sustainable Social Development Organization, a civil society organization emphasized the role of NGOs in raising awareness regarding human trafficking and working in collaboration with government department for the implementation of concerned laws. While Dr. Naseem, Associate of Professor of Law spoke about the laws concerning human trafficking and their implementation in Pakistan.

Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Dean Social Sciences at International Islamic University, Islamabad talked about media’s role in both promoting and controlling this menace. “If traffickers can use social media to trap people into trafficking, we must use same platform to raise awareness among youth so they may not become victims”, he stressed. Vice President of IIUI, Dr. Ayaz Afsar said the academia should conduct research on the issues related to human trafficking so that Pakistan may design evidence-based intervention to fight against this crime. 

Mr. Paul Giblin, the Public Diplomacy Officer at the US Embassy, Islamabad spoke about the efforts of the US government to strengthen anti-trafficking interventions in Pakistan. “We are supporting awareness raising initiatives and strengthening the cooperation with Pakistani government and law enforcement agencies. We are also sensitizing government officials from Pakistan through exchange programs in the US”, he said. Mr. Giblin believes that collaborative efforts are required to control human trafficking.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 2023

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 March 23, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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