Respect the civilians, bow down before parliament, Javed Hashmi rages at Pak Army

Haider Ali 10:05 AM | 16 May, 2018
Respect the civilians, bow down before parliament, Javed Hashmi rages at Pak Army
MULTAN -  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi denounced the role played by the military establishment in the political arena, in blunt remarks, calling the armed forces to respect the civilian government and comply with the directives of the parliament.

Addressing a press conference in Multan, Hashmi expressed he salutes the armed forces but hastened to add that it was his right to question them.

Stressing that the armed forces must understand their role in a democratic system, the veteran politician slated top generals and said that Pakistan lost five wars to India due to poor strategy of adventuresome generals.

"80 percent generals wrote in their books that all the five wars were launched by Pakistan and Pakistan lost them all too," claimed the politician.

Hashmi also drew a comparison between the armed forces of Turkey and Pakistan, saying the former enjoyed upper hand in the country as it rendered sacrifices.

"Army is not our mother or father. Instead, Pakistan and parliament are our father and mother," he asserted.

In a direct reference to the establishment, the PML-N leader said that conspiracies were hatched to oust Nawaz during his stint, for which he was a living proof.

The PML-N leader also endorsed former PM Nawaz’s controversial comments on the 2008 Mumbai attacks saying that “Nawaz has uttered nothing but the truth.”

“If the registration of high treason case is due against Nawaz Sharif, then first it should be lodged against ex-president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. I am a great fan of Pakistan Army and appeal them to play their role in preventing character assassination campaign of the politicians," he asserted.

The senior politician continued that a biased narrative was to victimise and defame the politicians and political parties, particularly in the Punjab, but warned that its repercussions would bring about disastrous results.

Echoing the remarks made by Nawaz Sharif, Hashmi demanded to constitute a national commission to probe the facts.

"Only politicians had played a role in creating Pakistan and they were the prime target in the current situation. When you started penalising and defaming politicians, how will you survive in the world," he questioned.

The former legislator also took aim at the superior judiciary and said that the courts were only present to hang politicians to death.

"If you are to hang Nawaz Sharif, hang me too," said Hashmi in clear-worded remarks.

He also slammed the National Accountability Bureau and said that it was a third class institution adding that the NAB court had become a washing machine in which politicians were dry-cleaned.

The former lawmaker also censured his former boss, Imran Khan and highlighted that the person who was declared Indian agent by military leadership was sitting with the PTI chairman.

"Imran Khan was being defamed for sit-ins but in fact, he got trapped and used by them due to his desire to become Prime Minister. " said the politician.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


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 February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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