Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar makes it to Time's 100 most influential people list

Web Desk 04:10 PM | 16 Sep, 2021
Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar makes it to Time's 100 most influential people list

KABUL – TIME has revealed its list of the 100 most influential people of 2021 and Afghan Deputy PM and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been named as ‘charismatic military leader and a deeply pious figure’.

The 'prestigious' list is broken into six categories including icons, pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and innovators. The 53-year-old made the list in the ‘leaders’ category.

Profile's author, journalist Ahmed Rashid, stated him as the man who negotiated the terms after which Taliban swept to victory in war raked Afghanistan. Baradar was said to be the leader who took all key decisions, including announcing amnesty to members of the former Afghan setup.

Baradar played his part in negotiations that prevent bloodshed upon seizing Kabul and also developing friendly relations with the neighboring country.

Baradar appears to be the first leader from the Afghan Taliban to make it to the list. The NewYork- based magazine defines him as a “Quiet, secretive man who rarely gives public statements or interviews, yet represents a more moderate current within the Taliban”.

The Afghan co-founder is expected to negotiate with western countries besides bringing desperately needed financial aid. Baradar held senior positions in the group in the previous regime and was once a close friend of Mullah Mohammad Omar who gave him the title of 'Baradar'. He served as a senior military commander responsible for attacks on coalition forces, a UN sanctions notice said.

Later, he was detained and imprisoned in 2010 and following his release in 2018, he led the Taliban's political office in Qatar and becomes famous in peace talks with the US.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US President Donald Trump, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Mahbouba Seraj have also been listed in this year’s list.

Earlier in 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan was named on the annual list while Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has been featured in 2013 and 2015.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 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 23, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

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 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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