Zardari alleges govt of pocketing commission through infrastructure development

Haider Ali 12:37 PM | 24 Mar, 2017
Zardari alleges govt of pocketing commission through infrastructure development
LAHORE - Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday took aim at the incumbent government and alleged that the Sharif duo was only interested in constructing roads to pocket commission.

Speaking at a party gathering in connection with the 88th birth anniversary of the late Begum Nusrat Bhutto, former president expressed hope that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will form the next government in the Centre as well as Punjab, asking workers to gear up for the 2018 elections to defeat the PML-N.

'I had met Saddam Hussein and some other kings and found arrogance in them. Today similar arrogance I find in rulers here (without naming anyone) who have no regard for the poor, farmers and the youth who have been rendered jobless. They are only interested in construction of roads to get commission. They only choose those projects in which they get commission. They seem to have forgotten to die,' Zardari said.

PPP co-chairman reiterated that the general elections 2013 were RO's elections adding that they were manipulated by Iftikhar Chaudhry for favourable results.

He said the PPP derived its power from its martyrs and those workers who remained behind bars for political reasons.

“We always raised the slogan of Pakistan Khappay, in difficult times too.” When workers raised the slogan of ‘Zardari teray jan nisar baishumar’, the PPP-P president directed them to chant “Pakistan teray jan nisar baishumar in connection with Pakistan Day.”

The politician remarked that he avoided from being indulged in Syrian war for the integrity of Pakistan.

Earlier, during a meeting with PPP senior leader Shaukat Basra, Zardari maintained that a Bilawal House would be set up in Multan as well for overseeing political affairs of south Punjab.

As for attack on Shaukat Basra and killing of a PPP worker Babar Butt in Lahore, Zardari said: “PPP workers will not be intimidated by the PML-N government’s arm-twisting.”

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


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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