Tajik president meets PM Shehbaz to discuss bilateral ties, regional issues

08:27 PM | 14 Dec, 2022
Tajik president meets PM Shehbaz to discuss bilateral ties, regional issues
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ISLAMABAD – Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues.

After the one on one meeting, both officials led delegation level talks where they also witnessed signing of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for the promotion of cooperation in diverse fields.

Prior to the meeting, a guard of honor was presented to the visiting dignitary by a contingent of armed forces.

The Tajik president arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit earlier today. He was received by Commerce Minister Syed Naveed Qamar and other Pakistani officials at the airport.

Following the signing of the MoUs, the Tajik president and PM Shehbaz held joint press conference where former expressed his desire to develop energy, rail and road connectivity with Central Asia States. He said the connectivity would usher in a new dawn of prosperity and development in the region. 

He said Pakistan desired early completion of the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project to meet its growing energy needs.

He said Pakistan had been the first country that established diplomatic ties with Tajikistan some 31 years back. Since then both countries had been enjoying excellent cordial and friendly relations, he said.

The premier further said Pakistan attached immense importance to its bilateral ties with Tajikistan as it was a gateway to the central Asian region. .

He informed that he held productive meeting with the visiting official to further strengthen the bilateral relations and promote trade, and investment.

He also welcomed the Tajik president and his delegation and said that the people of Pakistan were overwhelmed with joy and pleasure over their visit, state broadcaster reported.

Talking to media, Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon said that his country attached high priority to its relations with Pakistan.

He said both countries had been making joint efforts to further promote the friendly ties and expressed the optimism that the MoUs signed between the two countries would give new impetus to these relations.

The two sides also expressed satisfaction over bilateral security cooperation and reaffirmed to battle it out the contemporary challenges jointly like extremism, terrorism and radicalism.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

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 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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