Shireen Mazari 'skips' official banquet hosted for Saudi Crown Prince

Haider Ali 03:20 PM | 18 Feb, 2019
Shireen Mazari 'skips' official banquet hosted for Saudi Crown Prince
ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari missed the official banquet hosted for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is touring Pakistan on his first visit as state guest.

Mazari, who is close to the Prime Minister Imran Khan and has been a part of the informal advisory group of the premier, was seen nowhere as the Saudi Crown Prince landed in Pakistan Sunday night.

The minister was also missing from the lunch hosted at the President House in Islamabad by Arif Alvi; Mohammed bin Salman was also awarded Pakistan's highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan.

Interestingly, two female members of the federal cabinet, minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza attended the MoU signing ceremony at the Prime Minister Secretariat on Sunday.

Zubaida Jalal, federal minister for defence production, attended the ceremony at the President House, however, Shireen Mazari was completely missing from the scene.

The mysterious 'disappearance' has set the tongues wagging in the power corridors of Islamabad as what could be the actual reason behind the absence of Shireen Mazari at such an important event.

Veteran journalist Nasim Zehri also took to Twitter and wondered why Mazari was absent from the banquet despite that Fehmida Mirza and Zubaida Jalal ensured their presence.

Mazari, however, took to Twitter and lavished praise on the prime minister for taking up the issue of Pakistani prisoners in the kingdom.

The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman is on a two-day visit to Pakistan and was accorded a rousing welcome as he landed at the Nur Khan airbase where Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa welcomed the guest.

The premier personally drove off with the visiting dignitary to the PM House where dinner was hosted in the honour of the Saudi guest.

Memorandums of understanding worth $20b were signed at the PM House relating to multiple sectors including renewable energy, petrochemical industry.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


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 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 275.93 276.69
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs199,500 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs171,040.

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 199,500 PKR 2,340
Karachi PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Islamabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Peshawar PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Quetta PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Sialkot PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Attock PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Gujranwala PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Jehlum PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Multan PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Bahawalpur PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Gujrat PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Nawabshah PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Chakwal PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Hyderabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Nowshehra PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Sargodha PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Faisalabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Mirpur PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340


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