Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif: A key player

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa 08:31 PM | 13 May, 2017
Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif: A key player
How it is to see all four provincial heads of Pakistan along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif together in China on common grounds – representing Pakistan. Pakistan’s delegation, led by the Prime Minister comprising Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KPK along with federal ministers and other key members is in China on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend ‘One belt One Road Summit 2017’.

Apart from CM’s engagements with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other delegates, the Chinese leadership seems to be holding separate meetings with Chief Minister Punjab.

Now here is something noteworthy: Chief Minister Punjab attended a special dinner hosted by the Vice President of Communist Party in China yesterday. The dinner led to a discussion on four topics most importantly; CPEC, Punjab in business with Chinese provinces (province-to-province relations), enhancing people-to-people exchanges, and of course, Pakistan-China relations as strategic partners in the global arena.

It is undoubtedly true that Punjab is deemed a highly important province in the region, not only in Pakistan. The Vice President Communist Party of China acknowledged that he and members of his delegation have been greatly impressed by the speed of work of the Punjab Government. He also added that he is happy to see the implementation of CPEC projects with transparency, quality and speed in Punjab. CPEC has undoubtedly made Pakistan an even more important country in the region and its implementation process is highly satisfactory already, which is why the world eyes political, economic and strategic developments in Pakistan.

In addition, Punjab sent students to China for learning Chinese language which is further promoting people-to-people relations between the two countries.

Moreover, we already know that China recognizes ‘Punjab Speed’ as symbol of development and progress in the province as compared to ‘Shenzhen Speed’. The Vice Minister CPC also lauded the Chief Minister by quoting that CM Shehbaz is even more hardworking than the Chinese.

It is important to highlight that the Chief Minister will be meeting with Chinese political and business leadership to discuss projects of mutual interest and future cooperation in addition to bringing low-cost housing schemes and other public welfare projects to Punjab.

Last year, when the Chief Minister Punjab visited China in July, business and investors were attracted to Punjab. This time around, more beneficial agreements and growth opportunities can be looked forward to. Punjab has undoubtedly set an example of speedy implementation of joint ventures of mutual cooperation especially.

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa

The writer is a student of Mass Communications at Punjab University and a blogger


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 January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs204,100 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

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 204,100 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 204,100 PKR 2,220


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