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New Delhi wants normal relations with Pakistan, says top Indian envoy

07:50 PM | 18 Mar, 2023
New Delhi wants normal relations with Pakistan, says top Indian envoy
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LAHORE – India has expressed his willingness to normalise relations with Pakistan, including trade ties that can facilitate the neighbouring countries in economic terms.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner Suresh Kumar called for developing better relations between the nuclear neighbours at an event hosted by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday.

Tension between the neighbouring countries heightened after Indian revoked the special status of Kashmir on August 5, 2019.

“India always wants better relations with Pakistan because we cannot change geography,” the LCCI quoted the Indian envoy as saying at the event.

“The two countries have always been neighbors. It would be better to see how we can change our problems and situations. We want to move toward normal relations.”

Kumar also called for enhancing connectivity saying it would benefit the both countries. He said India had never stopped trade between the two countries but it was closed by Pakistan, adding that trade still but it is below than the potential.

Saying Central Asia was a big market, he said India also wanted access to it. He said startup sector in India has witnessed boom, adding that Pakistan can also do it.  

“The importance of geo-economics cannot be denied. GT Road runs from India to Kabul. Connectivity is very important. We desperately need to work on it,” reports quoted him as saying.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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