UFO or meteorite? Huge blast and flash of light in the sky spreads fear and panic in Gilgit Baltistan

Haider Ali 11:41 AM | 16 Mar, 2017
UFO or meteorite? Huge blast and flash of light in the sky spreads fear and panic in Gilgit Baltistan
ISLAMABAD - Residents of Gilgit and Ghizer Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan were panic-stricken on Wednesday night as they witnessed a huge blast and flash of light in the sky.

The incident happened at around 9 PM when locals in the Gilgit, Ghizer and neighbouring Diamer district heard a huge blast and suspected a UFO (Unidentified flying object) or any meteorite.

The blast was so severe that some of the citizens took to social media platforms and feared any plane crash or bomb blast in the purview of a recent string of attacks.

A resident, Zafar Iqbal said: 'Hit somewhere in shilpi Ghizer but no casualities [sic]'

Another local, Arbab Musaweer Alam Khan stated that he was on a motorcycle when he saw red and yellowish stars and "something else" moving fast in the sky which then disappeared.

"This was much nearer to the earth which set the entire city alight," he said.

People from Haripur and Islamabad also reported seeing a bright object flying fast across the sky towards the north.

The Information Department of Gilgit-Baltistan has now confirmed that the explosion and flashes were caused by a huge meteor crossing the sky over the Ghizer and Gilgit District.

There are unconfirmed reports that the meteorite may have fallen in a remote area somewhere between the Yasin and Gupis Tehsils of Ghizer District. This has yet to be confirmed though.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 20, 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 20, 2023 (Monday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 282.7 285.7
Euro EUR 299.5 302.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 341.5 345
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 186 188.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.69 761.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 41.09 41.49
Danish Krone DKK 40.41 40.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.1 36.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.43 3.54
Japanese Yen JPY 2.6 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.9 931.9
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.99 63.59
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.91 176.91
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.69 26.99
Omani Riyal OMR 735.95 743.95
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.37 78.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 26.97 27.27
Swiss Franc CHF 304.79 307.29
Thai Bhat THB 8.24 8.39

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 20 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Monday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.  

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 190,849.  

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 208200 PKR 2390
Karachi PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Islamabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Peshawar PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Quetta PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Sialkot PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Attock PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Gujranwala PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Jehlum PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Multan PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Bahawalpur PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Gujrat PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Nawabshah PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Chakwal PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Hyderabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Nowshehra PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Sargodha PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Faisalabad PKR 208200 PKR 2390
Mirpur PKR 208200 PKR 2390


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