Senior journalist exposes PTI govt's 'slogan of change' 

Mahmood Idrees 12:47 PM | 20 Nov, 2018
Senior journalist exposes PTI govt's 'slogan of change' 
KARACHI - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was voted to power in July by the public after accepting its leader Imran Khan's key slogan of bringing change at every level in the country to improve governance, but the ground reality, according to a senior journalist, shows a completely different picture.

Sami Ibrahim in his programme on Bol TV exposed what he claimed was the reality of the PTI government citing multiple embarrassing incidents that took place since the formation of the new government.

Quoting Prime Minister Imran's previous statements of ensuring justice in the society, the journalist said that the prevailing situation paints a dark picture of how powerful people are able to use their influence to get their interests served.

DC Gujranwala Transfer Scandal

Ibrahim claimed that Ahsan Jameel Gujjar, a person who had emerged as a key player in the DPO Pakpattan Rizwan Gondal case and later had apologised in the Supreme Court over his illegal act, had influenced the anti-encroachment drive in Gujranwala.

He said that Deputy Commissioner of the city Shoaib Tariq was transferred from his post after a team reached a petrol pump owned by the Gujjar family to demolish it.

Ahsan Jameel Gujjar is the son of PML-N's MPA Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar and husband of Farrah, a close friend of PM Imran's wife Bushra Maneka.

Earlier, some unofficial reports claimed that Shoaib Tariq was abruptly transferred on Friday and was asked to leave the charge in a surprise shuffle, however, Bushra Maneka played a pivotal role in the matter.

The report outlines that Tariq had sent a notice of demolition of a petrol pump tucked on GT Road during the anti-encroachment drive.

However, shocking revelations suggested that Bushara Maneka was approached by the daughter-in-law of Chaudhry Iqbal following which the officer was transferred.

The Deputy Commissioner was asked to report to the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) after the intervention.

Moreover, Farrah was also alleged to have played a role in the abrupt transfer of former DPO Pakpattan, Rizwan Gondal.

Bahawalpur DCO Transfer

The senior journalist further claimed that former DCO Bahawalpur, Saqib Hafeez, was transferred, using the political influence allegedly by Akhtar Kanju and a close aide of the prime minister, Jahangir Khan Tareen. He raised question over the governance of the PTI government.

Police Torture Case

Talking about the inhuman activities by the police officials, he said that a woman was made to lick the shoes of her ex-husband at a police station in Sadiqabad.

He said that Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Hafeezur Rahman Bugti took Shabana Bibi and her second husband to the police station in order to please her friend Shakeel Bugti, the ex-spouse of the victim.

After the couple was forced to lick the shoes, the woman tried to commit suicide by swallowing poisonous pills.

Later, District Police Officer took action and launched an inquiry into the matter.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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