MALE - In a move reflecting growing international tensions, Maldives is exploring the option to impose a travel ban on Israeli citizens.
In this regard, a member of the parliament has proposed an amendment to the Immigration Act aiming to sanction Tel Aviv in response to Israel's recent military actions in the Gaza Strip.
Mohamed Nasheed Abdulla's proposal comes in the aftermath of the violence that has left over 12,000 Palestinians dead as a result of the violence unleashed by Israel; the aggression continues despite requests by the United Nations (UN) and rights groups.
Maldives, like other Muslim countries, is calling on Israel to end the war and cease the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded as a result of violence leaving over 5000 children dead.
Although the proposal is yet to be approved or rejected, the growing tension and failure to achieve a ceasefire is prompting countries, especially Muslim countries to impose sanctions on Israel as the United Nations' calls in this regard have proven to be futile.
As the war continues, hospitals in northern Gaza are now completely out of service as per the Ministry of Health of Palestine. Ashraf al-Qudra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesperson confirmed that the occupancy rate in Gaza's hospitals has reached over 100 percent.
There have been worrying developments with each passing day. Gaza’s health ministry said on Monday that at least 12 Palestinians were killed besides those injured by attacks on the hospital funded by Jakarta; the facility is currently surrounded by Israeli tanks.
The WHO - which is underscoring the need for the provision of basic health facilities in the region - said that due to the ongoing situation regarding the hospital, the lives of those with severe injuries were at risk.
The conflict that erupted in the first week of October might be reaching an end as Hamas officials are expected to approach a truce agreement with Israel as confirmed by Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian group.
The exact details are still unknown but sources say Qataris playing the role of a mediator and soon announcements may be made.
Pakistani rupee continues to show resistance against US dollar in the open market on Monday amid positive economic indicators.
On first working day of the week, the US dollar in open market stands at 284 for buying and 287.15 for selling.
Euro price moves up to 310.71 for buying and 311.31 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 357.55 for buying, and 358.2 for selling after marginal increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 77.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed slight fall and new price stands at 75.94.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||357.55||358.2|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.52||36.62|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||170.9||172.9|
KARACHI – Gold rates in Pakistan continue to climb higher on Monday amid surge in global trend.
On Monday, the price of 24-karat gold stands at Rs215,500 per tola, and 10 gram costs Rs184,750 per tola.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs198,550, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189, 525 and 18k gold rate stands at Rs162,450.00 for 1 tola.
In the international market, the price of bullion hovers around $2010 per ounce with incrrease of around $8.
|Lahore||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Karachi||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Islamabad||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Peshawar||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Quetta||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Sialkot||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Attock||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Gujranwala||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Jehlum||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Multan||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Gujrat||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Nawabshah||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Chakwal||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Hyderabad||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Nowshehra||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Sargodha||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Faisalabad||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|
|Mirpur||PKR 215,500||PKR 2,610|