Who’s this mysterious foreigner couple squatting in Lahore for 6 months? (DP VIDEO)

Locals say they are Australians or Germans on a world tour, but nobody knows when and where they will be heading now

Web Desk 04:19 PM | 13 Jan, 2021
Who’s this mysterious foreigner couple squatting in Lahore for 6 months? (DP VIDEO)

LAHORE – A foreign couple, who appear to be Australian or German but don’t like to talk to anyone with a camera, have been squatting outside the Customs House in Punjab capital city for the past six months without permission.

Nobody has bothered to move them, probably because of their ethnicity.

According to the locals, they had come to Lahore six months earlier and had stayed for a few days at an inn near Anarkali Bazaar. However, when they ran out of cash, the owner told them to leave. That is when they started living in their car, parked near the Metro Bus terminal, with a tent set up on the car’s roof.

They have a puppy to play with and a small cylinder with a burner to cook food. The couple hang their clothes to dry on a nearby main electricity line.

According to locals, the couple had left home to travel the world on their car and were supposed to cross the Wagha border into India, but did not get permission due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which is wreaking havoc in the neighbouring country. Since then, they have been practically living at the same location where they live and order food deliveries in their car.

Daily Pakistan correspondent Yasir Shami tried to talk to them, but they refused and pushed the camera away.

Locals told DP that the couple like to make soup on Sundays that they distribute for free and once had distributed rice they had cooked to the workers in the area. Shopkeepers also helped them when their car got submerged in rainwater a couple of weeks ago after which they had moved their vehicle, but came back the next day.

They really seem to like living in Lahore, but authorities have been asked to provide them with assistance if they truly are marooned here due to lack of funds or any other reason that is preventing them from completing their world tour. 

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Rupee gains massive recovery against US dollar after SBP relaxes rules for banks

KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.

This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.

According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.

The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.

In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”

Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.

Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.

Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 1, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.

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 229,000 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125


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