Pakistan, India could slip into nuclear war, warns top expert

Sarfraz Ali 11:15 PM | 22 Sep, 2016
Pakistan, India could slip into nuclear war, warns top expert
WASHINGTON (APP) - An expert on Pakistan and India and a prominent political scientist has warned that the two countries could skid into a nuclear war that would be disastrous for them, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

“It could happen, and it would be catastrophic for both countries,” the report quoted Stephen P. Cohen, the author of” Shooting for a Century: The India-Pakistan Conundrum” as saying. Tension is on the rise in the valley since July when Indian security forces killed a young Kashmiri freedom fighter whose call for freedom on the social media has resonated with the Kashmiri youth disgruntled over the Indian occupation and ceaseless brutalities.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday made a strong case for Kashmir in the UN General Assembly, many saw as the boldest presentation thus far that alluded to the grave consequences if the issue was not resolved in line with the aspiration of the Kashmiri people. He made it clear that peace and normalization between Pakistan and India was not possible without the resolution of the long-standing dispute.

The NYT report also said that the escalating tension was presenting a challenge to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who needs regional peace to achieve his avowed goal of economic revival in his country.

The report quoted Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Indian-held Kashmir as saying that relative calm since 2010 in the valley led the Indian government to believe that the long-running unrest was over. But, according to the report, there were “warning signs” the unrest among young people was rising which eventually came to fore with a vigorous force after the killing of the young Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani in early July.

More than 100 people have been killed in protests over his deaths that now have turned into a strong voice for freedom from the Indian yoke. Thousands others are at the risk of losing their eyesight after Indian troops used pallet guns directly at protesters.

“Wani should have served as an alarm bell for the government system,” the report quoted Siddharth Varadrajan, a former editor in chief of the prominent Indian English newspaper daily The Hindu.

“Why would a young man, instead of taking up engineering, adopt a course that any reasonable person would tell him would end up in death?”

“Now the India-controlled section of Kashmir is engulfed in a crisis. Since the shooting, the Indian-controlled area has been shut down, with curfews and strikes forcing the closing of schools, offices and markets,” the report added.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 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 March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

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 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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