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Pakistan arranging US-Taliban talks: PM Imran

12:44 AM | 15 Dec, 2018
Pakistan arranging US-Taliban talks: PM Imran
PESHAWAR - Prime Minister, Imran Khan said on Friday that Pakistan has arranged the US-Taliban talks scheduled on Monday, reiterating a non-military solution to the conflict in war-battered Afghanistan.

Addressing the lawmakers of KP assembly at 100 days performance ceremony, the premier expressed that if peace is achieved in neighbouring Afghanistan, Peshawar would be the centre of trade and tourism in future.

The premier observed that the US request for Pakistan’s cooperation for peace process endorsed his stance on the Afghan conflict.

The prime minister told the legislators that in the past Pakistan had been taking dictation from the US to do more in the war on terror.

"Now it is asking us to facilitate talks with the Afghan Taliban," he noted.

PM Khan said he had always pleaded the world that Afghanistan issues could not be resolved without dialogued adding that he was branded Taliban Khan as well.

The prime minister disclosed that the US and Afghan Taliban talks are scheduled for 17th of this month with the efforts of Pakistan.

Let it be known that US President Donald Trump had also enlisted the support of Islamabad for the peace talks. Washington also sent Zalmay Khalilzad to Islamabad who called on prime minister and military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa last week.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also assured full support for the peace process during his meeting with Khalilzad - US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation.

According to Foreign Office spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal, peace and political settlement in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting; Pakistan’s Foreign Office also clarified that no conditions were placed during Khalilzad’s recent visit to Pakistan.

The core commanders conference on Thursday also announced to support all the stakeholders for Afghan reconciliation.

“The forum highlighted the importance of regional approach to eliminate roots of terrorism and attached hopes for the success of ongoing Afghan reconciliation process,” said a statement by the media's military wing.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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