US soldier Berdahl calls Taliban more 'honest' than own army

Mahmood Idrees 09:09 AM | 23 Oct, 2017
US soldier Berdahl calls Taliban more 'honest' than own army
A US army man, Bowe Berdahl, who is likely to be awarded life term for abandoning his post in Afghanistan during 2009, has said that life in his own country after getting released from five-year long Taliban abduction was more tough than as a captive.

Talking to NBC News, Berdahl, who last week pleaded guilty to desert the post putting the lives of fellow soldiers, said his case was politically charged which has made the life difficult in own country.

“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’” Bergdahl, 31, tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times Magazine titled ‘The Homecoming from Hell’.

The 31-year-old trooper was abducted by the Afghan Taliban in 2009 when he deserted his post for contacting other commanders in order to inform them about problems in his unit.

The abductors had released him in 2014 after then US President Obama agreed to swap five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

On Obama's action, President Donald Trump had heaped scorns during his election campaign and said that "dirty rotten traitor" should be executed.

Now, the soldier will be produced before the military court today (Monday) where Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance will decide his fate.

He might be awarded life term for his military crime.


The soldier, who performed a clerical job while awaiting the punishment, informed the court that he left the post in Patika province in Afghanistan to go to nearby post to highlight problems in his unit, adding that he did not want to put the life of anyone in danger.

The Express Tribune quoted Berdhal as saying, “I didn’t think there’d be any reason to pull off a crucial mission to look for one guy”. He called these actions “very inexcusable.”

Bergdahl pleaded guilty to abandon and misbehaviour in front of the enemy. The second charge could bring a life sentence for him.



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 February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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