Punjab government withdraws controversial ad featuring Manzoor Pashteen

Dawood Rehman 06:44 PM | 16 Sep, 2018
Punjab government withdraws controversial ad featuring Manzoor Pashteen
LAHORE - The Punjab government has taken off a paid advertisement, which depicted Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen as a symbol of sectarian violence, following backlash from social media users.

The 29-second ad, which was aired yesterday on television with regard to the holy month of Muharram, shows Pashteen while warning people to avoid sectarian violence.

Pakistanis were outraged when Mohsin Dawar, a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and Member National Assembly (MNA) since August 2018, shared the video on his Twitter handle.

Many of them consider this to be racial profiling against certain groups of people in Pakistan.

Afrasiab Khattak of Awami National Party (ANP) criticsed the act, asking the government to ‘formally & publicly apologise for running a home department TVC showing PTM leaders as terrorists’.

Reham Khan, the former wife of Prime Minister Imran Khan, also took a jibe at the government for ‘this blatant use of government money by PTI in Punjab for racial profiling of Pushtuns & defaming human rights activists who are law abiding citizens.’

Admitting the mistake, the federal government took down the ad. The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ch Fawad Hussain said “this advertisement was immediately taken off as soon it was brought to our attention, it was aired hardly a few times before channels were directed not to air such advertisement”.

He also urged the people “not to circulate this rejected version.”

However, many demanded an action against the person who conceived this controversial advertisement.

On Friday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police had issued arrest warrants for Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Ali Wazir and six others.

A letter issued by a senior police official in Swabi and sent to political agents of North and South Waziristan declared Pashteen, Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Mohsin Dawood, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam proclaimed offenders and sought their arrest in connection with a case registered against them on August 28.

According to the first information report (FIR), PTM workers held a gathering at cricket stadium in Swabi’s Shah Mansoor Town without required no-objection certificate from authorities concerned. At the stadium, the FIR adds, the PTM chief and others made contemptuous statements against state institutions.

The PTM, formerly Mehsud Tahaffuz Movement, gained momentum following the extra-judicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud in Karachi. It sought capital punishment for the prime suspect in Naqeebullah murder case, former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, recovery of missing persons and removal of landmines in tribal areas.

Manzoor Pashteen leads the group, which has been accused of inciting hatred and racial violence amongst the different ethnicities in Pakistan.

During their Peshawar rally, Pashteen, the 26-year-old veterinarian-turned-rights activist, used provocative language and racial slurs, forgetting that civil society groups from Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan supported his narrative and also participated in Islamabad’s sit-in.

A Jirga, formed by the KP Apex Committee and comprising tribal elders, is holding negotiations with the group to resolve their issues.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


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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