Follow the donkey

05:19 PM | 19 Jun, 2020
Follow the donkey

 It would be astonishing for many of us to know that the donkey is an animal wiser than ninety per cent people in our society. Yes, it is so because what the donkey knows, the majority of us don’t know.

Surprisingly, it knows the limits of its knowledge and power and does not try to cross those limits. Have you ever seen a donkey politicking as the fox does? The answer may definitely be in the negative because it knows that it is not as astute as the fox is. Likewise, you may not have seen a donkey chasing a deer as the leopard does because it knows that it not as quick as the leopard is; You may not have seen a donkey fighting with a wild bull as the lion does because it knows that it is not as powerful as the lion is; And you may not have seen a donkey competing with a horse in the race. After all, it knows that it is not as fast as the horse is.

Now come to our society, here, conversely, you must have seen a naye (barber) who himself doesn't know the spelling of the word budget, yet, advises the country’s finance minister over budget preparation; You must have seen a doodh wala (milk seller) who himself doesn't know the abbreviation of ‘’COVID’’, yet, challenges an MBBS doctor over Covid19 treatment; You must have seen a university graduate who himself cannot even recite the second kalimah, yet, edifies religious scholars who have experience of religious matters more than of his age; You must have seen a molvi (religious scholar) who himself doesn't know the definition of science, yet, mocks Darwin and Einstein on their work; You must have seen a politician who himself doesn’t know the ‘ABC’ of administration, yet, castigates a deputy commissioner on administrative issues; You must have seen a judge who himself takes decades to dispense justice in a simple case, yet, educates a chief minister on incompetence and ineptness; And you must have seen a general who in all his career has never conquered a single enemy's outpost, yet, conspires to conquer his own parliament.                                                                                 

The argument would be peculiar that we always reprimand the donkey for its foolhardiness while in reality, it has many qualities which the majority of us are devoid of.  Therefore, respect the donkey because it is more intelligent, smarter, and honourable since it knows its limits, accepts them and acts accordingly. Moreover, it rejects the idea of institutional excess and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others. Whereas the majority of our problems are created by the absence of rule of law and institutional excess. Hence, all these problems could be resolved if we just follow the donkey. 

 The writer is pursuing MPhil in international relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

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Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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