BRISBANE – Within days of Indian foreign minister's high-profile visit to Australia, a video is making rounds at Social media with “Khalistan” Flag raised at Indian Consulate at Brisbane urging G-20 Foreign Ministers who are due in Delhi to visit “Widow Colony” inhibited by hundreds of Sikhs who were gang-raped by Hindu Supremacists in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination in November 1984.
While Indian officials have been accusing the pro-Khalistan Sikhs of vandalising Hindu Temples in Canada and Australia, the allegation is so far unsubstantiated and without any evidence. However, both in Canada and Australia, right-wing Hindu individuals have been caught red-handed on camera and reported to the authorities for vandalizing the banners of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Khalistan Referendum.
Urging the G20 Foreign Ministers to make time and visit "Widow Colony" of Delhi during their upcoming trip to India on March 1-2, Videos circulating on social media claims "Successive Indian regimes of BJP and Congress have massacred the religious minorities in India with complete impunity. While Congress committed Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984, BJP's hands are soaked with the blood of Muslims from 1992 Babri Masjid to 2002 Gujrat pograms in which PM Modi's direct and active involvement is substantiated in recent BBC documentary".
Foreign Ministers of G20 countries are due to be in Delhi on March 1 and 2 to attend the Ministerial summit.
The infamous “Widow Colony” of Delhi, at one time had over 2000 Sikh widows who had been Gang raped and their male family members were necklaced to death by Hindu mobs during November 1984 Sikh Genocide. According to Nanavati Commission report, the death squads that perpetrated the carnage, mayhem and rape upon Sikh women and men were led by Congress leader “Bhagat” and BJP leader Ram Jain, a close associate of BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee who later became PM of India.
From the issue of vandalizing of Hindu Temples and Bhindranwale Banners in Australia-Canada to raising of Khalistan Flags at Indian Consulates, the issue of Khalistan is creating a visible diplomatic tension between India and its long-time trade partners. While India has been demanding a crackdown on the Khalistan Referendum, Australia, Canada and other western democracies are firmly standing their ground on the issue of allowing the Khalistan Referendum as peaceful freedom of expression.
Just a few days ago, Canada's Deputy High Commissioner to India Amanda Strohon point blank defended allowing the Khalistan Referendum voting in Canada as freedom of expression.
KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.
This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.
According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.
The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.
In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”
Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.
Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.
Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Karachi||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Islamabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Peshawar||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Quetta||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sialkot||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Attock||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujranwala||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Jehlum||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Multan||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujrat||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nawabshah||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Chakwal||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Hyderabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nowshehra||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sargodha||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Faisalabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Mirpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
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