Deadly days 'over': Rangers called in Punjab to help combat terrorism

05:43 PM | 19 Feb, 2017
Deadly days 'over': Rangers called in Punjab to help combat terrorism

LAHORE - The Punjab government has decided to seek support from the Rangers to combat terrorism in the province, officials said on Sunday.

Although the details regarding the nature and extent of support to be provided by the Rangers are yet to finalized, according to a statement released by the Punjab government, sources believe the paramilitary forces will provide assistance to law enforcement agencies in counter-terrorism operations in the province.

The apex committee’s decision comes days after a series of deadly militant attacks killed more than 100 people across Pakistan in five days, including civilians, the police and soldiers.

At least 15 people were killed and 85 others wounded when a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar bomber hit a protest of chemists and pharmaceuticals manufacturers on Lahore's Mall Road last Monday. At least six police officials were killed in the blast.

This is the worst spell of violence since 2014, when Pakistan launched an operation to eliminate militant sanctuaries in its north-western tribal region.

Following the Lahore attack, Punjab’s law enforcement agencies launched a province-wide crackdown on banned militant organizations.

On Friday evening, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif claimed the provincial government had arrested a facilitator and eliminated the terrorist network involved in the suicide attack. Sharif had said the army and Rangers could be called in on a need-basis.

Law enforcement agencies have been carrying out search operations across the provincial capital and other major cities, rounding up suspected people and seizing unregistered weapons.

However, a visible action such as that of Rangers is still needed to counter militancy, once and for all.

Following the series of terror strikes, Pakistan Army has openly taken charge of the proceedings, relegating pretentions of political propriety to the background.

Soon after an IS hit on Laal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine that left than 80 people dead and more than 300 injured, Pakistan reacted with raids across the country and by lashing out at Afghanistan which it accuses of tolerating militant sanctuaries.

Till now, the military has killed more than 100 militants in a security crackdown. Border crossings with Afghanistan have been closed and authorities have issued shoot-at-sight orders for those found trying to cross over.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

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 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 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 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
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 207.1 209.1
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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