Is Lt Gen (r) Faiz Hameed stepping into politics?

Web Desk 11:59 PM | 15 Dec, 2022
Is Lt Gen (r) Faiz Hameed stepping into politics?
Source: ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed (left) Prime Minister Imran Khan (center) Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa (right) enters ISI headquarters on May 24, 2021. (Pak PM Office)

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan’s former director-general of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hamid was recently spotted attending a political gathering of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in his hometown of Chakwal, weeks after he hung his boots from service.

In a viral clip, the former three-star general can be seen sitting on a sofa as a local leader of the former ruling party openly invites him to join mainstream politics for the sake of the prosperity of his district and Pakistan as well.

Citing the ex-general’s contributions during his service, PTI Chakwal's vice-president Chaudhry Khursheed says "you can still continue to serve our country in a better way," adding "it's God’s will as you could not make it to the most coveted post in the armed forces."

The former spymaster does not speak at the gathering, but only bows his head in a gesture of respect for the man who heaped praise on him. The context of the meeting is yet to be confirmed independently, but Khursheed says the former general was a guest at his house.

Many in political quarters say that Faiz, who is believed to be close to former prime minister Imran Khan, is considering to try his luck in politics. Faiz is widely seen as being partial to PTI while he also faced the ire of ruling alliance members.

The video sparked another debate as retired general and judiciary members are not allowed to take part in active politics for a period of two years after stepping down from their role.

Faiz Hameed's host also agreed to the same in an interaction with a TV channel anchor, saying that the former general has "no immediate plans" to enter politics.

Faiz resigned last month as Bahawalpur Corps Commander, soon after the announcement of Gen Asim Munir as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 2, 2023

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 June 2, 2023 (Friday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 299 302
Euro EUR 321 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 375.5 380
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 81
Saudi Riyal SAR 79 79
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.25 766.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 228
China Yuan CNY 40.26 40.66
Danish Krone DKK 41.04 41.44
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.17 936.17
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.79 174.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.96 748.96
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 315.04 317.54
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 2, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,000 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

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 230,000 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,000 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125


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