Pakhtoonism is not for sale

04:01 PM | 22 Dec, 2017
Pakhtoonism is not for sale
A recent advertisement in which Bollywood actress Zareen Khan had represented Pakhtoons team at T 10 league as the brand ambassador of General Petroleum is not the first time that Pakhtoon/Pustun identity has been used as a cheap tool to gain publicity.

Women like Reham Kkhan and Ayesha Gulalai had also been bent upon using their Pakhtoon identity as a tool to gain some sympathy from the nation for their own personal benefits and exposure.

Use of Paktoonism/Pushtunism as the icon of publicity seems to be all the rage these days and now this time a Bollywood actress is representing it, which is definitely quite a concern for the masses of KPK/FATA who have respect for their identity and don’t want it to be promoted by controversial figures (especially from across the border).

Firstly, if Zareen Khan's ancestors were from Swat, aren’t there other decent people from the same region who could be offered a brand ambassadorship by the owner of General Petroleum to represent our team?

Secondly, if the government has allowed it to have good relations with India through cricket diplomacy, they should keep in mind that Musharraf also tried to diplomatically develop good relations with India during 2005 through cricket diplomacy and that never worked!!!

But instead of betterment, our diplomatic relations with India worsened over the issue of Mumbai attacks where India blamed Pakistan for direct involvement in the attack by backing jihadist group to destabilize India.

In the context of sports and especially cricket, it’s the duty of credible public figures like Shahid Afridi as well as others to strengthen the Pashtoon norm in a way that brings pride instead of embarrassment to their fans and supporters.

Owners of sponsoring companies/organizations should also take care of the country's pride especially when its a matter of identity.

It’s my request to the chief minister (who remains quite active about Pakhtoon issues) to formulate some legislation where punitive action is taken against those who use Pakhtoon identity for cheap aims to so this trend can be discouraged in future and our identity is not promoted in any indecent way because:

“Pakhtoonism is not for sale”.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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