Lahore turns bright and breezy on Erdogan visit

07:20 PM | 17 Nov, 2016
Lahore turns bright and breezy on Erdogan visit
LAHORE - Roads and famous spots of the capital city of the country’s biggest province Punjab have been illuminated on the visit of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan, who addressed a joint session of parliament during his two-day visit to Pakistan, arrived in Lahore on Thursday.


Erdogan arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday accompanied by a high-level entourage, including Turkish ministers and senior officials as well as a large business delegation.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other ministers received the Turkish president at the Lahore airport.

The Turkish delegates were taken to the Lahore Fort via Mall Road.


The Turkish leader is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of Greater Iqbal Park as a chief guest.

Later on, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will host a banquet in the honor of visiting Turkish President at Hazoori Bagh in front of Badshahi Masjid. Erdogan will also attend a cultural programme at Shahi Fort, arranged by Lahore Walled City chairperson Kamran Lashari.

For the guests, about 100 rooms, including a presidential suite, have been booked at a five-star hotel in case they decide to stay. According to the schedule, the guests will be served dinner at 9pm.

Strict security

Foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure foolproof security on the president’s visit to.

More than 5,000 policemen have been deployed in the city for the security of the visitors with personnel of Dolphin Squad, Flying Squad and Elite Police also deputed at sensitive spots.

According to the plan, The Mall will remain closed for ordinary traffic from Airport to Azadi Chowk from 3 pm to 10 pm.


Traffic diversions

The traffic police have also made a comprehensive traffic diversion plan to ensure smooth flow of traffic during the Turkish president’s visit. Vehicular traffic on roads adjoining the Lahore Fort would be diverted to other arteries.

As per plan, Aziz Bhatti Road/Mall Road, Lower Mall Road from Punjab Civil Secretariat to Lahore Fort, Circular Road, road from Lahore Railway Station to Greater Iqbal Park will remain closed for traffic. Greater Iqbal Park, Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore Fort, and Hazuri Bagh would also remain closed for general public.


Similarly, traffic coming to Lahore from Ravi Road would be diverted to Ring Road. Vehicles aspiring to go out of city from Lorry Adda and Vegetable Market can use Ring Road.

Roads leading from Shimal Hill and Railway Station to Greater Iqbal Park will remain closed and would be diverted to GT Road through Garhi Shahu. Vehicles can have access to the Inner Circular Road from Ik Moria through Misri Shah.


Outfall Road will also remain closed for traffic coming from Saggian Ravi Bridge. No traffic would be allowed towards Lower Mall from Veterinary University and DIG Operations office.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 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 September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

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.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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