World powers react to Pak-Iran escalation

08:17 PM | 18 Jan, 2024
World powers react to Pak-Iran escalation
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday targeted terrorist hideouts in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province, responding to Iran's airspace violation less than 48 hours earlier. 

Iran had conducted strikes against what it termed "terrorist" targets in Pakistan, causing casualties, including at least two children.

The international community, including major global powers and regional players, has responded to these events, with a consensus urging both nations to pursue dialogue to prevent further escalation.

United States

Despite its usual differences with Tehran, the United States condemned the Iranian strikes in Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria. The State Department criticised Iran for violating the sovereign borders of its neighbours and questioned its claims of countering terrorism while being a leading funder of instability in the region.


Beijing called for "calm and restraint" and offered to mediate between the two countries. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson expressed hope for a peaceful resolution through consultations and dialogue.


India maintained a neutral stance, stating that the matter is between Iran and Pakistan. The official spokesperson emphasized India's zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and acknowledged countries' actions in self-defense.


Turkey's foreign ministry called for restraint and common sense from Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. They emphasised resolving issues through friendship and brotherhood, respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan urged both Iran and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions.


Russia urged Iran and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint and resolve differences through diplomacy to avoid playing into the hands of those seeking regional chaos. The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the situation, emphasizing the importance of coordination with the authorities of the sovereign country in any anti-terrorist operation on its territory.

European Union

The European Union expressed deep concern about the escalating violence in the Middle East. EU spokesman Peter Stano highlighted the attacks' impact on sovereignty and territorial integrity, emphasizing the destabilizing effect on the region.


The Taliban's foreign ministry advocated resolving disputes through diplomacy and dialogue, urging the two neighbouring countries to pursue peaceful means.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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