NGO hosts panel discussion on environmental issues in Rawalakot

10:09 PM | 16 Jun, 2022
NGO hosts panel discussion on environmental issues in Rawalakot
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NGO hosts panel discussion on environmental issues in Rawalakot
NGO hosts panel discussion on environmental issues in Rawalakot
NGO hosts panel discussion on environmental issues in Rawalakot

RAWLAKOT/LONDON – Participants in a virtual panel discussion warned here on Thursday that local communities could face dangerous situations and environmental hazards if coordinated efforts are not made to protect the local natural resources in Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 

Addressing the panel discussion, social activists, intellectuals and other participants said that ignoring the emerging environmental issues in Azad Kashmir could create severe economic, social and environmental challenges for the local communities.

The Press for Peace Foundation, a UK-based organization, had arranged the Twitter Space discussion on ‘Environmental Issues in Rawalakot’ to create awareness about environmental problems, sustainable development and the green economy. 

Mazhar Iqbal Mazhar (London) hosted the event and prominent among the speakers were educational consultant Jamil Ahmed, author Javaid Khan, Rawalakot Press Club President Sardar Rashid Nazir, analyst Kashif Mir, Prof. Zafar Iqbal (director of the Press for Peace Foundation), Abdul Wajid Khan (senior journalist), Shahid Awan (social activist) and Khurshid Abbasi. 

The speakers urged the government to launch modern and eco-friendly sewerage systems in Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad and other main cities of the region. 

They said the governments and civil society should work jointly to tackle the growing environmental challenges of deforestation, pollution, soil erosion, greenhouse emissions, flooding and fewer crops, etc. 

The speakers said the civil society and local communities needed to take ownership of the efforts to protect natural resources and the wildlife. 

The speakers urged the government to impose a ban on the use of plastic bags and promote the use of recyclable and biodegradable bags. 

The rising usage of baby diapers is a threat to the health of citizens and the beauty of the local areas because disposable diapers never go away. Diapers contribute to health issues and environmental problems, they said. 

Analyst Kashif Mir disclosed that over Rs25 billion were spent under the ‘Billion Tsunami tree programme’ and ‘Green Pakistan’ programme on the forest conservation and wildlife protection in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. However, he said, ground realities about forest protection and conservation mismatched with the government claims on environmental investments. 

He lamented incidents of wildfires in forests and questioned the government’s measures to protect valuable natural resources, including farmlands and forests.

Prof Zafar Iqbal informed the participants that the Press for Peace Foundation would arrange similar events, workshops, seminars and other activities in Muzaffarabad, Bagh, and other cities.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee continues recovery against dollar, rises by Rs1.04 in interbank

KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee continued its positive trajectory against the US dollar in the interbank market on Thursday with the local currency’s recovery relating to crackdown launched against hoarders and outflows of the foreign currency through unlawful means.

During the intraday trading, PKR moved up against the USD, and hovered at 287.73, with an increase of Rs1.04, in the interbank market.

Yesterday, the Pakistani rupee appreciated 0.36pc to settle at 288.75.

Last week, the government said a crackdown to prevent cross-border smuggling was initiated across Pakistan. The country’s central bank also stepped up supervision of the foreign exchange market, ordering banks to set up separate entities to conduct forex transactions.

The SBP also introduced structural reforms in the exchange companies’ sector to provide better services and to ensure a transparent system.

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 28, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,600 on Thursday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 177,700. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

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.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 28 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Karachi PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Islamabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Peshawar PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Quetta PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Sialkot PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Attock PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Gujranwala PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Jehlum PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Multan PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Bahawalpur PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Gujrat PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Nawabshah PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Chakwal PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Hyderabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Nowshehra PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Sargodha PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Faisalabad PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495
Mirpur PKR 202,600 PKR 2,495


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