WASHINGTON – Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo recalled a series of armed clashes consisting of cross-border airstrikes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India back in 2019.
The close aide of former US president Donald Trump mentioned the 2019 tensions in his latest book Never Give an Inch: Fighting for America I Love.
As tension remain unabated between the two sides, Pompeo’s revelation in his book unveiled the famous chapter as he mentioned that Islamabad and New Delhi were too close to nuclear war in 2019 and that Washington's intervention avert escalation.
The former diplomat said “I do not think the world properly knows just how close the India-Pakistan rivalry came to spilling over into a nuclear conflagration in February 2019”.
Pompeo said he will never forget the night when he was awakened to speak with his Indian counterpart. Late Sushma Swaraj believed Islamabad had begun to prepare their nuclear weapons for a strike, saying I told her to do nothing and give us a minute to sort things out.
He then mentioned approaching former Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and he told the latter what the Indians had told him. Bajwa said it wasn’t true.
Pompeo said it took some time to convince both archrivals that no side was preparing for nuclear war
He took credit, saying “no other nation could have done what we did that night to avoid a horrible outcome.”
In 2019, two Pakistan Air Force jets targeted two Indian warplanes in a dogfight and shot them down along the Line of Control (LoC), the military's spokesman has confirmed.
After an aerial engagement in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector, Pakistan claimed that it captured one Indian pilot.
The downed pilot was identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and seen in a video of what appears to be an interview at a Pakistani Air base, in which he praised the professionalism of Pakistan Army but denied to share any sensitive information.
His warplane, MiG 21 Bison, hit by Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan, had crashed on Pakistani side of the Line of Control, while the second IAF fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30, which was downed by Sqn Leader Hassan Siddiqui, landed on the Indian side.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.
During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.
Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.
Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.
The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Karachi||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Islamabad||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Peshawar||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Quetta||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Sialkot||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Attock||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Gujranwala||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Jehlum||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Multan||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Gujrat||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Nawabshah||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Chakwal||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Hyderabad||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Nowshehra||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Sargodha||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Faisalabad||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|
|Mirpur||PKR 205,900||PKR 2,370|