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Leaked document verifies Haqqani's claim, all underhanded visas issued with connivance of then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani

Haider Ali 09:21 AM | 24 Mar, 2017
Leaked document verifies Haqqani's claim, all underhanded visas issued with connivance of then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani
ISLAMABAD - An official letter that harks back to 2010 revealed that former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani authorised the then ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani to issue visas to US officials.

The document, dated July 14, 2010 surfaced days after Haqqani claimed that, with the permission of the then elected government, he had facilitated the presence of large number of CIA operatives in Pakistan to track down Osama bin Laden.

The document is leaked at a time when political stalwarts including defence minister Khawaja Asif have proposed large scale inquiry into the revelations of Hussain Haqqani regarding stationing of CIA operatives in Pakistan and apparently it seems the document leak is intentional in a bid to rescue the ambassador as it testifies his claims.

Bearing signatures of Principal Secretary to the prime minister, Nargis Sethi, the document could prove to be a mighty blow to the already stumbling Pakistan peoples party.

"The Ambassador in Washington is empowered to issue visas valid up to one year without the Embassy having to refer each such aforementioned visa application to the concerned authorities in Pakistan," states the letter.

"The ambassador in Washington is empowered to issue entry visas for restricted periods to US officials who have been recommended in writing by the concerned US authorities, i.e. the Department of State and whose duly completed application forms, it is clearly indicated for what purposes they intend to travel to Pakistan," it adds.

What could perturb the former premier is the fact that he on march 15 categorically refuted the allegation that he issued visas to Americans.

'Neither Mr Zardari nor I had sanctioned visas to US security officials against rules. The procedure involving screening by state agencies is followed in such cases,' Mr Gilani said, adding that nobody could challenge his loyalty to the country.

‘My government had placed Mr Haqqani’s name on the ECL to stop him from leaving the country in [connection with] the Memogate … who allowed him to leave the country?’ Gilani asked, adding that while president Asif Ali Zardari was out of the country, he had ensured that Mr Haqqani had stayed in Pakistan’.

Hussian Haqqani, a close aide of Mr Zardari, was alleged to be behind a mysterious memo seeking Wash­i­n­gton’s help in blocking a possible military coup in Pakis­tan following America’s operation in Abbottabad that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

The former ambassador to US stirred controversy when in an article published earlier this month, he admitted facilitating US for shooting down Osama Bin Laden without the help of Pakistan’s armed forces or intelligence agencies.

After the surfacing of latest document confirming, Gillani's role behind granting visa powers to Haqqani,  PPP's Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the visas to the American nationals were issued after following the due procedure.

'All the answers related to this issue are in Abbottabad Commission Report' said Babar.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.

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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 02, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
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 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 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 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs207,100 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

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 207,100 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420

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