Turkey assures unconditional, strong relations with Pakistan

Hamza Rao 06:27 PM | 16 Sep, 2017
Turkey assures unconditional, strong relations with Pakistan
ISTANBUL - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, according to an official handout issued after the meeting.

Upon arrival, Chief Minister Shehbaz was given warm welcome at the Ataturk Airport where Turk officials, as well as Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey, received him. Talking to Shehbaz Sharif, President Erdogan said that his visit was a matter of delight and honour for him.

“I am really happy to meet with my brother again. We want to see Pakistan politically, economically as well as security-wise fully strengthened,” he said, adding that Turkey would continue its unconditional cooperation with Pakistan. “Whether it’s a difficult time or the moment of ease, we are standing with Pakistan,” he said.

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He said that the projects initiated in collaboration with Turkey in Punjab were vivacious symbols of Pak-Turk friendship. “Under your leadership, the journey of development and prosperity is commendable and efforts of Pakistan government for the provision of energy as well as the eradication of terrorism are worthwhile,” he said.

The Turk president also enquired about the health of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz and prayed for her health. Talking on the occasion, Shehbaz said that he was thankful to the Turkish government as well as President Erdogan for his warm welcome. “Pakistanis are proud of their friendship with Turkey,” he added.

“Pakistan and Turkey have always sided with each other and they will also be standing side by side in every situation in future, as well,” he said.

He said that the projects initiated in cooperation with Turkey in the Punjab province have helped to improve the quality of life of the common man. He said that the Turkish leadership has set a unique example of public service with their performance. “We are especially thankful to Turkey for its cooperation in wastewater treatment, transport and solar energy sectors,” he said.

CM with Pakistani students who are learning the Turkish language in Istanbul.

Turk Commerce Minister Nihat Zeybekci also called on the visiting chief minister and discussed different matters of mutual interest including promotion of Pak-Turk relations and extension in bilateral trade-cooperation. Shehbaz performed his Friday prayer in a mosque of Besiktas area of Istanbul and made a special prayer for Muslims as well as the salvation of the Rohingyas from the difficult situation.

Shehbaz also held a detailed meeting with Turkish Health Minister Dr Ahmet Demircan. During the meeting, it was assured by the Turkish side that all-out cooperation would be extended to the health sector and it was agreed to have close cooperation in motor-bikes ambulance programme, training of nurses and extension in health insurance.

The Turkish minister assured full cooperation in the health sector. The chief minister said that the cooperation given by Turkey for improving the healthcare infrastructure was commendable. He said that the Punjab government was devising an effective healthcare system which will provide prompt relief to the patients.

Talking at the Lahore Airport, Chief Minister Shehbaz said that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey have entered a new phase of cooperation and both the countries have a consensus of opinion on different regional and international issues. He said that this tour would further strengthen mutual relations between the two countries.

Hamza Rao
Hamza Rao

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 31, 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 31, 2023 (Friday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.8 286.6
Euro EUR 306 309
UK Pound Sterling GBP 347.5 351
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 79.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.6 76.4
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
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 – 31 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 207,700 on Friday. 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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