Picture of PM Nawaz reveals more than intended about his relations with Army

04:10 PM | 23 Jul, 2016
Picture of PM Nawaz reveals more than intended about his relations with Army
ISLAMABAD - A picture tweeted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, may have revealed a lot more about the premier's relationship with the army than both father and daughter had intended.

The picture of Nawaz Sharif on an official flight from Lahore to Islamabad clearly shows the Prime Minister giving serious consideration to a file clearly marked with the logo of the General Headquarters (GHQ).


The GHQ is the strategic and operational command center of the Pakistan Army, an institution which technically falls under the Nawaz-led government, but which, in actuality, is a largely independent player in the Pakistani administration.

Since the Nawaz Sharif government came into power, the military establishment and the civilian government have maintained a tenuous relationship based on equal parts cooperation and competition.

Very early into its tenure, the current government found itself at loggerheads with the military establishment on key national issues, including the ongoing treason trial of former President and military dictator General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif's friendly overtures towards Pakistan's neighbour and regional rival, India.

More than halfway into the tenure of the current government, relations between the civilian government and the military are still strained, according to civil-military observers.

The military has privately expressed dissatisfaction at certain policies and decisions of the civilian government, according to well-placed sources, especially in relation to the government's handling of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project and its choice for the next Army Chief.

Throughout all this speculation, the civilian government has persistently maintained that it is on the same page with the military establishment and has led the way forward on all key national issues.

However, the picture of Nawaz Sharif pensively perusing through a GHQ file goes against the government's claims that all is as it should be between the civilian and military establishments.

The writer is a member of the staff


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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