Pakistani PM assures Bill Gates his govt committed to eradicating all forms of polio

11:19 PM | 26 Apr, 2022
Pakistani PM assures Bill Gates his govt committed to eradicating all forms of polio
Source: Bill Gates (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday assured Bill Gates that his government remained “committed to eradicating all forms of polio from the country”.

The assurance came after Pakistan detected its first polio case in 15 months a few days ago. 

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Sharif spoke to Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Bill Gates on telephone.

Ongoing public health and social sector programmes in Pakistan supported by the foundation, including polio eradication, immunisation, nutrition and financial inclusion services, came under discussion during the telephonic meeting.

“The prime minister underscored that Pakistan deeply values its cooperation with BMGF. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further solidifying its fruitful partnership with the Foundation in all the ongoing areas of work,” the statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office reads.

Noting that only one case of poliovirus was found in Pakistan in 2021, the prime minister said that his government remained committed to eradicating all forms of polio from the country.

During the call, the premier expressed concern at the emergence of the first polio case in 2022 in North Waziristan. He informed Gates the Pakistani government was implementing a “special emergency response plan for southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province” to scale up and improve the quality of the polio eradication programme and increase security of frontline health workers.

Gates acknowledged the progress made by Pakistan and reiterated the foundation’s continued support to Pakistan to make sure no child is at the risk of paralysis due to poliovirus.

“Recalling the polio related challenges faced by Afghanistan, the prime minister expressed satisfaction at the resumption of polio vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan. He underlined the need for adequate international support to Afghanistan in this regard,” said the statement.

The PM Office also said that PM Shehbaz and Gates exchanged views on Pakistan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on October 4, 2023

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 October 4, 2023 (Wednesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.5 286.45
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 78.7 79.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.45 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 180.2 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 766 774
Canadian Dollar CAD 210 212
China Yuan CNY 39.62 40.02
Danish Krone DKK 40.55 40.95
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.74 37.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 931.36 940.36
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.27 61.87
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.55 173.55
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.92 27.22
Omani Riyal OMR 748.35 756.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 79.03 79.73
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 26.34 26.64
Swiss Franc CHF 313.85 316.35
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – October 4, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 201,100 on Wednesday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 172,410.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

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.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 4 October 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Karachi PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Islamabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Peshawar PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Quetta PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Sialkot PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Attock PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Gujranwala PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Jehlum PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Multan PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Bahawalpur PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Gujrat PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Nawabshah PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Chakwal PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Hyderabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Nowshehra PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Sargodha PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Faisalabad PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300
Mirpur PKR 201,100 PKR 2,300


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