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.
Pakistani rupee witnessed marginal losses against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market.
On Wednesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.6 for selling and 288.65 for buying purposes.
Euro price stands at 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 360 for buying, and 363 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78.25 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price moved up down in the local market in line with massive increase in international market.
On Wednesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,000, and the price for 10-gram gold saw an increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,900.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,830, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,750 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,500.00.
In international market, the price of precious metal went up by $29 to settle at $2,044 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Karachi||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Quetta||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Attock||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Multan||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,000||PKR 2,610|