Our 10 Recent Revolutions - Part II

01:57 AM | 24 Nov, 2017
Our 10 Recent Revolutions - Part II
Last week, friends in Islamabad witnessed, walked and crawled through an emerging revolution. Some ungrateful ones, lacking foresight, cursed the traffic jams caused by the sit-in. They don’t have an eye or stomach for revolution. They must know that a sit-in doesn’t cause traffic jams, a road that tries to run through a sit-in does. They should at least learn to curse rightly, even if they can’t appreciate a revolution in the making. This sit-in is part of the revolutionary move PTI-PAT started in 2014. It doesn’t make the list of 10 of the last 10 years. It may well be the 11th revolution, but it’s still work-in-progress.

By 2025, we may have as many revolutions as there are amendments to the 1973 Constitution. As after 25 amendments to any Constitution, there is nothing left of the original legislation, after 25 revolutions, nothing will remain of the old Pakistan. Great news indeed; a New Pakistan nevertheless!  

There is no priority order in the list of 10 revolutions, just like there is no order in or after a revolution.  

Mobile phone revolution is perhaps the most obvious. If mobile-phone-use (over 70%), SIMs (at least five for every mobile user), and spending time on mobile phones were indicators of prosperity, Pakistan would top the list of prosperous nations. For Punjabis, cell phones are the new – and a bit decent – fiddlers. No, no; don’t go below the belt; I imply fiddling with their moustaches and the area around.

Literacy revolution is a startling achievement. The officials say our literacy rate is 53%, but 90% can SMS in roman letters. The official stance of literacy ki aesi ki tesi – sorry, no translation of this expression in other languages. It’s Punjabi’s revenge from Urdu. Every revolution has certain sweet acts of revenge, you know.  

Judicial revolution is nascent and sprang 10 years ago from a long slumber of judicial submission. Quite like those heavy metal songs that have more sound, less voice and far fewer lyrics, this revolution has an odd blend of projection vs. delivery vs. impact of justice. In the last 8 years, 8 cases took 80% time, and 40000 cases didn’t get any, for 20% of the remaining time went to watching the media coverage of those 8 cases.

Media Revolution is the second most obvious that changed the definition of “national”. Now, sensational is the new national in Pakistan. Anything not sensational doesn’t exist for media, doesn’t attract us.

Population revolution is my favourite. What other nations took centuries to do, we did in decades. On this, even rabbits can’t beat us. We can gauge its success from the fact that even lesbians and gays in Pakistan have at least two kids each, and not adopted ones. Can anyone beat that! No, no one can.

Road revolution is unequally dispersed in Pakistan. It seems roads also procreate, and more so in urban centres. That’s why road revolution is most visible in Lahore and Karachi. Pakistanis from mountainous, rural and far-flung areas come to these metropolitans to see the trees and fruits of this revolution.

Poverty revolution is also quite a unique feat. Several million became rich in the name of poverty in Pakistan. I guess when others said poverty alleviation, our policymakers heard poverty elevation.

Housing Revolution is quite a miracle. Some revolutions inadvertently end up producing classes; ours led to housing societies that ensured classes continued.

The Army contributed to this revolution ingeniously with ingenious use of Iqbal’s revolutionary verse: Jis khaet se dehqan ko muyassar na ho rozi, uss khet pe ik naya DHA bana do (A field that fails to feed a farmer, must be converted to a DHA).   

The sexual revolution is pervasive like pollution in Lahore. Despite being a taboo, it’s practised far more than it’s mentioned. In the West, they display it openly. We play, but don’t let anyone display. Others have gays and bisexuals; we have try-sexuals: We try whatever, whenever, and as much as we can, when we can!

Load-shedding revolution is the oddest one. It has become so much a part of our lives that we start having withdrawal symptoms when there is no power outage.

Pakistan is the only nuclear power which doesn’t have electrical power. That is because we could have either produced revolutions or electricity. The choice was obvious and clear. May you have many more.


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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