In a first, Pakistani, Indian soldiers to join hands in military drill under SCO

Mahmood Idrees 12:09 PM | 15 Apr, 2018
In a first, Pakistani, Indian soldiers to join hands in military drill under SCO
LAHORE - Two traditional rivals in the South Asian region, Pakistan and India are set to make history this year by taking part in a one-of-a-kind joint military exercise under the umbrella of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Russia.

In the drill titled “Peace Mission 2018”, which is going to be started in August-end, the soldiers of both countries will fight jointly to eliminate terrorists, foil possible attacks. They will also test combat readiness. The exercise will end in first week of September.

While Indian and Pakistani military officials have operated together in the foreign lands under the flag of the United Nations, this will be a rare event when both countries will conduct the drill along with other SCO members China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Islamabad and New Delhi became the full members of the SCO in June, 2017 at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan where then Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Premier Narendra Modi represented their countries.

The forum was established in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, aiming at political, economic, military cooperation, coordination and solidarity in Eurasia.

By joining the SCO, Pakistan and India have become part of the Tashkent-based Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which holds such military drills. Under the RATS, both countries are liable to share intelligence information on terror.

This drill is held in every two years and “Peaceful Mission 2018” will be the fifth edition of the multilateral exercise. The first SCO military exercise Peace Mission-2007 was held in the southern Urals.

Being the host country, Russia is expected to participate in the drill with huge numbers of soldiers and weapons, while China is expected to send about five hundred soldiers.


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 February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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