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Why is it important to remember the man behind our national anthem?

04:18 PM | 19 Aug, 2022
Why is it important to remember the man behind our national anthem?

Our country was built on the sweat, blood, and tears of a great many people. From our Founding Father Quaid-e-Azam and his comrades to patriotic men and women who fought every day for independence. Although there are a great number of unsung heroes who silently labored behind the scenes to bring us some of the most famous aspects of our culture and history, we only know a handful of the names of those who fought to make Pakistan a reality.

The lessons of History can only impact us if we honor those who helped build Pakistan. And there is no better way to achieve this than to learn about their stories, and to pass that knowledge on to future generations. By examining their achievements and taking inspiration from their lives, we can ensure that their legacies will live on for years to come. Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla, composer of the Pakistani National Anthem is one such Unsung Hero. 

On Pakistan’s 75th Anniversary, Zong sought to amend that by paying homage to one such unsung hero: Ahmed Ghulam Ali Chagla, through its Independence Day short film titled ‘Notes of Chagla’. While most of us know it is Hafeez Jalandhari who penned the lyrics to our national anthem, Pak Sar Zameen, few are aware that it was A.G. Chagla who composed it in 1949, only a year after being appointed to the National Anthem Committee.

Zong’s tribute film titled ‘The Notes of Chagla,’ through the eyes of its protagonist Sami (Shehryar Munawar), tells a heartwarming tale of inspiration and national pride. As the film opens, we see Sami, a young college student, grappling with a musical thesis he is due to present soon. Seeing her son struggle, Sami’s mother (played by the effervescent Simi Raheal) advises him to quit seeking inspiration from external sources and instead explore the rich musical history of Pakistan. During his exploration, Sami discovers A.G. Chagla and his accomplishments. Taking inspiration from Chagla's life, he gathers a diverse array of local artists to perform a unique rendition of the national anthem, celebrating the unsung hero and bringing everyone closer together via the power of the digital world 

Through the short film, the digital connectivity network powerfully emphasizes the significance of the National Anthem and the connection the digital world affords us. Our Anthem represents the heart of our Nation, and her people; it is a rallying cry, announcing to the world who we Pakistanis are and what we stand for. Thank you Zong for shedding light on a part of forgotten history by putting a spotlight on this incredible unsung hero, through such a moving narrative. 

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Pakistani rupee remains stable against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar remained stable and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 8 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.71
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan increase; Check out latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan increased as the yellow metal witnessed an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 8 December 2023

On Friday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,390.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,050 each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Friday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (8 December 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583

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