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India reacts to Pak's invite to Hurriyat, says no place for a third party

04:40 PM | 23 Mar, 2015
India reacts to Pak's invite to Hurriyat, says no place for a third party
DELHI (Web Desk) - India on Monday ruled out a role for the Hurriyat in resolving the Kashmir issue, saying there would be “no place for a third party” in settling outstanding matters between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The external affairs ministry’s stance was conveyed in a terse reaction to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s remarks that India had no objection to leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference being invited to events marking Pakistan’s National Day.

“Let me reiterate there are only two parties and there is no place for a third party in resolution of India-Pakistan issues,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

“The only way forward to proceed on all outstanding issues is a peaceful bilateral dialogue within the framework of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration,” he said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Basit said on the margins of an event at the high commission to mark Pakistan’s National Day that India had no objections to interactions between him and Hurriyat leaders.

“I don't think the Indian government is objecting to our meeting with Hurriyat leaders. I would rather suggest to my media friends not to make an issue out of a non-issue,” Basit told reporters.

The envoy expressed the hope that talks between the two countries would continue "more seriously and more sincerely”. Pakistan had been “serious and sincere about resolving issues with India through peaceful dialogue” since they cannot be settled “by use of force”, he added.

But Akbaruddin said in response to Basit’s remarks that the “Government of India prefers to speak for itself”.

“Having repeated it on so many occasions there should be no scope for misunderstanding or misrepresenting India's position on the role of the so called Hurriyat,” Akbaruddin added.

India called off talks between the foreign secretaries in August last year after Basit held talks with Hurriyat leaders despite being asked not to do so by the external affairs ministry. Bilateral ties went into a tailspin following tensions along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

The ice was broken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif last month to wish the Pakistani team for the cricket World Cup and announced he would send Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad as part of a SAARC Yatra.

Jaishankar met his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in Islamabad earlier this month and the two sides agreed to find common ground and narrow differences. This had given rise to hopes about the possible resumption of bilateral dialogue.

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

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7

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