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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 March 30, 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 March 30, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 305.5 308.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348 351.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 77 77.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.3
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206 208.2
China Yuan CNY 41.25 41.65
Danish Krone DKK 41.26 41.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.22
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.67 934.67
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.57 177.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 736.34 744.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.92 78.62
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.25 310.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 30 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 207,700 on Thursday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,070.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 207,700 PKR 2,470
Karachi PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Islamabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Peshawar PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Quetta PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Sialkot PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Attock PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Gujranwala PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Jehlum PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Multan PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Bahawalpur PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Gujrat PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Nawabshah PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Chakwal PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Hyderabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Nowshehra PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Sargodha PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470
Faisalabad PKR 207,700 PKR 2,470


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