Taliban occupy Zana Khan district of Ghazni after fierce battle

01:22 PM | 24 Aug, 2017
Taliban occupy Zana Khan district of Ghazni after fierce battle
KABUL - The Afghan Taliban have occupied  Zana Khan District in Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni, officials confirmed on Thursday.

Abdul Jami Jami, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the security forces and the Taliban had been engaged in heavy clashes in Zana Khan district since Wednesday night.

He said the insurgents captured the district and seized two tanks and a number of Ranger pick-ups.

According to the provincial council, four policemen were also killed while eight more wounded in the battle.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the group’s fighters overran the district center and security checkpoints.

The Zana Khan district is the seventh government-held territory in Afghanistan to be occupied by the  Taliban in the past month.

Geographically, it is a mountainous district with more than 12,000 people, all Pashtuns living there. The district center is Dado. Continuing drought is the main problem of district that seriously affects agriculture.

The control came just two days after Afghanistan's major stakeholder, U.S. announced a revamped strategy for the war-torn region with more troops to stay on ground.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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