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Pakistan FM Jalil Abbas to attend OIC meeting on Gaza seige

10:25 PM | 15 Oct, 2023
Jalil Abbas Jilani
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani announced on Sunday he would attend an urgent meeting called by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) next week in Jeddah to discuss escalating military tensions in Gaza. 

Saudi Arabia, which chairs the OIC’s executive committee, has called an urgent meeting of the body at the ministerial level on Wednesday to discuss the “escalating military situation in Gaza and its environs.”

Israel has intensified its attempts to destroy the Hamas group, relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip and killing at least 2,215 people since Saturday. The Jewish state has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers near Gaza ahead of an expected ground offensive. Its relentless campaign follows last Saturday’s attack by Hamas, which saw hundreds of its fighters cross into Israel to take hostages and kill more than 1,300 people. 

“As part of the OIC executive committee from Pakistan, I will be attending the OIC extraordinary meeting on the Palestine issue,” Jilani briefed reporters, adding that turmoil in Palestine was an important issue for Pakistan. 

The Pakistani foreign minister condemned Israel’s actions, saying that there is no doubt Israel had committed aggression against Palestinians. 

“As a matter of fact, it is a genocide being conducted by Israel against the innocent people of Palestine,” Jilani said. 

He condemned the week-long blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces. The humanitarian crisis in the densely populated territory has been aggravated by the blockade, as the territory runs out of fuel, food, medical supplies, and clean drinking water. 

“This is a very unfortunate situation in the sense that in Gaza, people have no water, no health facilities, no food, which creates a major humanitarian crisis,” Jilani said.

He said the OIC was a very important forum where the deteriorating human rights situation in Gaza would be discussed at length. 

“Certainly, this meeting has many important objectives, number one is to develop a coordinated response of the OIC member countries in respect of the current situation in Palestine,” he added. 

He said Pakistan would demand Israel immediately cease its violence against Palestinians, and would then seek to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. 

The minister shared that Pakistan was in touch with Egyptian authorities on providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, adding that Israel was not allowing any assistance to reach Gaza currently. 

“We are in touch with Muslim countries, including the Saudi government on this issue and I am also looking forward to a bilateral meeting with the Saudi foreign minister during my visit to Jeddah,” he added.

He reiterated Pakistan’s position on the matter, saying that Islamabad demands Israel respect international law by recognizing the right of self-determination of the people of Palestine. 

Jilani said the current situation was a result of several decades of illegal occupation by Israel of Palestinian territories. Those territories should be vacated as per UN Security Council Resolutions, the foreign minister added. 

“To equate Israel who is an aggressor with the Palestinians’ struggle is unacceptable to Pakistan,” he explained. “Their [Israeli] settlements were increasing, and the rights of Palestinians were decreasing in the area.”

He said Pakistan is coordinating with UN agencies and international humanitarian organizations to provide immediate assistance and relief to Gaza through its missions in New York and Geneva. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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