ISLAMABAD/DAVOS – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto blamed Imran Khan-led previous government for the resurgence of militancy in the northwestern region, saying the incumbent government has reversed the ‘wrong approach’ towards TTP.
FM, who is on a Davos visit for the summit, speaks with Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview, lamenting the policies of ‘appeasement’ towards TTP and other hardcore militants from the previous government who continued dialogue, which according to the PPP leader created problems for Pakistani people.
Blasting the ousted setup led by Imran Khan, Bilawal said the incumbent government recently holds a national security meeting with top political and military leadership in attendance who pledged not to tolerate any militant groups.
The Minister however stressed the need to continue dialogue with Taliban rulers in neighboring Afghanistan despite the hardline measures curbing women's rights.
Bilawal said the solution is to engage the Afghan interim government to encourage them to live up to their pledges on key issues especially women’s rights and the issue of terrorism.
The PPP leader lamented previous policies as several regions of South Asian nation bordering Afghanistan have seen escalated attacks by TTP who ended a ceasefire agreement last year.
TTP threatens Pakistan with attacks on PM Shehbaz and FM Bilawal
Earlier, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan threatened Pakistan with attacks on key leaders of the country, accusing them of appeasing the West, especially the United States.
Almost a month after calling off the ceasefire, the terror group has threatened to attack top leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) who discussed action against the TTP at a recent meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).
In a statement, TTP, which is taking shelter in neighbouring Afghanistan and is on good terms with Kabul, cautioned the masses to avoid getting close to these leaders. The group maintained that everybody is aware that their prime target is the security agencies.
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 20, 2023 (Monday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||341.5||345|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.1||36.45|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.91||176.91|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Monday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.
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 190,849.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Karachi||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Islamabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Peshawar||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Quetta||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Sialkot||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Attock||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Gujranwala||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Jehlum||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Multan||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Gujrat||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Nawabshah||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Chakwal||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Hyderabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Nowshehra||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Sargodha||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Faisalabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Mirpur||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
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