'Lahore isn't Sharifs empire': Zaeem Qadri lambasts Shehbaz, Hamza in explosive outburst

Haider Ali 05:41 PM | 21 Jun, 2018
'Lahore isn't Sharifs empire': Zaeem Qadri lambasts Shehbaz, Hamza in explosive outburst
LAHORE - Zaeem Qadri, a close confidante of former chief minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif slammed the top guns of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in an explosive press conference, saying Lahore was neither the fiefdom of Shehbaz, nor of Hamza Sharif.

Addressing the news conference called in emergency on Thursday, the former minister expressed that he would contest the upcoming elections in an independent capacity for NA-133, instead of through the platform of PML-N.

'Listen Hamza! You may bring your boot polishers and contest elections but my elections is against you and I’m not your masseur,' said Qadri and clarified that his wife would too part ways with former ruling party.

To a query about Saad Rafique's efforts to convince him, Qadri replied that he was like an elder brother who struggled hard for the party.

When asked whether polishing shoe (flattering) was the only criterion for the award of tickets, Qadri replied in the affirmative.

'I will not bow down before anyone,' remarked the former provincial Minister for Auqaf in blunt remarks.

'Denial of ticket is not my problem but I would not become your employee' observed the PML-N leader.

Shaking the semblance of unity within the ranks of PML-N, Qadri warned that those who would negate his comments would be given a scathing rejoinder.

The former lawmaker also lavished praise on former interior minster Chuadry Nisar and said that he was an exceptional leader and he could not match his brilliance.

To a question about ailing Kulsoom Nawaz, Qadri expressed his prayers and remarked that had she been here in Pakistan, the issues would not have turned out like this.

He also brought in the former premier Nawaz Sharif in his press talk and said the Sharif informed him that his (Qadri's) presnece in the party was not liked by many.

He also decried that those who joined the party just recently in 2013 were made ministers.

According to well placed sources, Qadri was upset with the PML-N leadership as the embattled party has decided to field another candidate to contest polls in the constituency, NA-133.

Besides Qadri, Imran Shah and Asif Raza are also believed to be riled with the senior party leadership, prompting them to contest polls as independent candidates from PP-166 and PP-167 respectively.

Earlier on Thursday, PML-N leader and former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and another party leader Rana Mashhood reached Township to cajole the disgruntled Qadri - the effort now seems futile.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 3, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 03, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 298.9 302.15
Euro EUR 321 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 375.5 380
U.A.E Dirham AED 82 83
Saudi Riyal SAR 80 81.2
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.24 766.24
Canadian Dollar CAD 228 230
China Yuan CNY 40.18 40.58
Danish Krone DKK 41.16 41.56
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.05 936.05
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.5 748.5
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 4, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,800 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

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.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 232,500 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 232,500 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 232,500 PKR 2125


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