Pakhtoonism is not for sale

Umama afridi 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”.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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