Anoushey Ashraf takes a break from social media to prepare for Ramadan

Maheen Khawaja 09:27 PM | 13 Mar, 2023
Anoushey Ashraf takes a break from social media to prepare for Ramadan
Source: Anoushey Ashraf (Instagram)

Anoushey Ashraf, a renowned RJ and host, has announced that she will be taking a break from social media to focus on her spiritual well-being ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

She has signed up for a "spiritual retreat" in the mountains, which she hopes will help her enter an "awakening mode".

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Ashraf bade farewell to her fans and followers, revealing her intentions to cleanse her mind, spirit, soul, and emotions before Ramadan. She emphasized the significance of entering the holy month with an empty mind that is receptive to blessings, wisdom, and goodness.

Ashraf's decision to disconnect from social media is a positive move that can help her reduce stress, improve her mental health, and increase her spiritual awareness. She added that she hopes to find her groove before setting into Ramadan's self-reflection, realization, and awakening mode. She wants to renew her sensibilities and return with a willingness to offer more of herself. She signed off by saying she loves her followers and will keep them in her prayers.

She said although she will miss her "social media family", she is excited about the spiritual journey that awaits her.

Adnan Malik, Syeda Tuba Anwar and fans sent their love and support to Ashraf, praising her for taking the much-needed break. It sets an excellent example for others to follow, highlighting the importance of taking time off to focus on oneself and prioritize self-care.

On the work front, Ashraf's acting works include Sehra Main Safar, Chanar Ghati, and Saanp Seerhi.

Maheen Khawaja
Maheen Khawaja

The writer is a staff member.


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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