Pakistani farmers to march on Islamabad

06:24 PM | 22 Aug, 2015
Pakistani farmers to march on Islamabad
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Farmers, who are demonstrating sit-in at the Mall Road, Lahore, have threatened to march towards Islamabad, if their demands were not fulfilled by the government.

Severe traffic jam was witnessed as the farmers’ sit-in has continued on third day.

Hot words were exchanged between the marchers and citizens as The Mall was blocked for traffic.

Some of the farmers were spotted as sleeping on the roads, while others were busy in reading newspapers as the Dharna continued on the third day on Saturday as well.

They have demanded a ban on the import of Indian potatoes and other vegetables, saying the government is putting Indian farmers before its own.

The farmers brought Lahore’s traffic to a standstill on Friday when they dumped potatoes on the road outside the Punjab Assembly in protest against heavy taxes on farm produce.


Khalid Mehmood Khokhar of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) has demanded direct talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the same support India gives to its farmers.

According to him, the farmers are facing losses in all major crops, including cotton, sugarcane and rice.

The average per acre cost for cotton is Rs85,000, while the market rate reaches Rs58,000 maximum, which means a loss of Rs27,000 per acre.

“Besides the havoc recent floods created, farmers are having hard times because of government policies,” he said.

“The government has been controlling and increasing the cost of inputs through heavy taxation. But it has abdicated the responsibility of output prices in markets which have been controlled by mafias.

Earlier on Friday, a delegation of farmers led by Khokhar met PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah at Civil Secretariat, Lahore, where they were assured of full support. But the farmers were persistent to meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan, as Sanaullah is no authority on agriculture.

The farmers have also demanded an immediate suspension of government’s plan of turning the land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) into a housing society.


“Farmers across the border are given free electricity, tax-free seeds, well-researched fertilizers and huge subsidy. But, unfortunately, the government of Pakistan is not serious about promoting our agriculture and only focusing on industry,” Khokhar told a Pakistan daily The Nation.

The farmers are fully supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML) whose leaders joined them on Friday.



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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