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US says Pakistan could lose territory to militants over inaction

10:23 AM | 15 Dec, 2017
US says Pakistan could lose territory to militants over inaction
WASHINGTON - Setting aside the clarifications of Pakistani authorities, the United States has once again warned Pakistan to cut alleged ties with Haqqani network and militants in order to keep its control on its territory.

Speaking on a seminar, “Meeting the foreign policy challenges of 2017 and beyond” organised by the Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum here the other day, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “Pakistan has allowed so many terrorist organizations to find safe haven within its territories, and these organizations are growing in size and influence,” he said in a statement issued by the US State Department.

He said that Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and with others.

“I understand that this is a relationship that has emerged probably for, in their view, good reasons a decade ago, but now that relationship has to be altered because they – if they’re not careful, Pakistan is going to lose control of their own country,” the secretary added .

He feared that the militants could shift their focus from Kabul to Islamabad. Tillerson said that “at some point I have said to the leadership of Pakistan, you may be the target, and they turn their attention from Kabul and decide they like Islamabad as a target better”.

He said that both countries “have had a long history of good relations, but that relationship has really deteriorated over the past decade and so now we’re engaged with Pakistan in a conversation to ensure our expectations of them are clear, that our concern is really about Pakistan’s stability”.

“We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well,” he said, adding “But we cannot continue with the status quo, where terrorist organizations are allowed to find safe haven inside of Pakistan”.

He said that the US willing to share information with Pakistan and want it to be successful.

The warning issued by the Tillerson follows the policy announced by President Donald Trump regarding South Asia. Trump had said, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond".

However, Pakistani authorities have been refused the claims of the US that the country was providing shelter to militants in its territory.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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