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Biden says Iran not well-liked in region after Pakistan airstrikes

10:10 AM | 19 Jan, 2024
Biden says Iran not well-liked in region after Pakistan airstrikes

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden has condemned Iran's strike on Pakistan, asserting that the tensions between the two nations highlight Iran's lack of popularity in the region.

Following Tehran's violation of Pakistan's sovereignty with a strike in Balochistan that resulted in casualties, Pakistan retaliated with targeted strikes on terrorist hideouts inside Iran.

The Pakistan Army, in a statement, revealed that the operation, codenamed "Marg Bar Sarmachar," successfully targeted hideouts used by militant organizations such as the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) through precision strikes using various weapons.

President Biden commented on the clashes, stating, "As you can see, Iran is not particularly well-liked in the region, and where that goes, we're working on now. I don't know where that goes."

The United States has been engaged in a standoff with Iran over its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been disrupting commercial shipping in the Red Sea. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby emphasized the U.S.'s close monitoring of the Iran-Pakistan clashes and expressed a desire to prevent further escalation in South and Central Asia. He also characterized the attack on Pakistan as another instance of Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres voiced concern over the military exchanges between Iran and Pakistan, urging both countries to exercise maximum restraint to prevent an escalation of tensions. Pakistan's foreign ministry described the retaliatory strikes as a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military operations against terrorist hideouts in Sistan-Baluchistan. Investigations are ongoing to determine the presence of Pakistanis in the affected Iranian village, where all casualties occurred.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

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

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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