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What a statement, Mr. Chief Minister!

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa 07:17 PM | 27 Aug, 2017
What a statement, Mr. Chief Minister!
For years, Pakistan has been under the long shadow of international interference, or say, US governments’ interference in matters that have been immensely damaging Pakistan and its people the most! There is a long list of military and non-military interventions by US governments in countries throughout the world and the effects have been what one might call “devastating”.

Be it military or non-military US aid, Pakistan has long suffered the consequences in the form of attacks on paramilitary and military security officials in Pakistan. In an escalating bid to obliterate terrorism from the country, several civilian deaths were also reported; as a consequence of drone attacks, for instance.

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, in his policy statement on Afghanistan on the 22nd of August very directly targeted Pakistan asserting that “Pakistan often gives safe havens to agents of violence, chaos and terror.” He further stated that the new strategy would include “changing” the approach and “how to deal with Pakistan”. He added that Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists.

Right after his speech, the world reacted and so did Pakistan. For quite a few hours after the statement, media houses in Pakistan and political personalities were seen unsatisfied and greatly opposed. However, the Pakistani people needed a more stable, official and direct approach in an attempt to respond to the statement and protect the self-respect of the democratic state. Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif rose to the occasion and responded with the most historic and brilliant statement released by his office. He answered how Pakistan has much to gain if an end to US aid is promoted, however “politely” as the Chief Minister calls it.

“It is time for Pakistan to politely and gratefully close the chapter on US assistance-so that bilateral relationship can be freed from the shadow of contemptuous taunts that have travelled from chat room forums to op-ed pages to teleprompter of the venerable office of the President of US.”

He reminded us all how Pakistan is a democratic nation and needs not be dictated, in these words:

“A free and proud people need not be told by others what challenges they are facing and what course they need to adopt to move on. They both have the ability and intellectual clarity to identify the challenges and tackle them successfully.”

Completely ignoring the fact that Pakistan has made unprecedented sacrifices in the form of numerous losses of civilian and military lives and other socioeconomic disturbances, the US President also alleged that Pakistan is housing the very terrorists the US is fighting. The Chief Minister reminded the world that it is none other than Pakistan and its people to have been affected by the terrors of terrorism the most over the years. He stated,

“Constant allusions to American assistance in larger conversations about regional peace and security represent salt on the wounds of the millions of Pakistanis that have endured the burdens of terrorism, poverty and poor governance.”

As a citizen of Pakistan, to me, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif’s statement had the kind of substance me, and every Pakistani was looking forward to. For the first time in years has a leader come up with such a solid, to-the-point and futuristic approach when it comes to dealing with such policy threats in a clear attempt to single out Pakistan.

The recent turn of events definitely tells a lot; also how Pakistan no longer finds it acceptable to let the US or any country decide its fate. The statement also encourages the Pakistani people to look within for the immeasurable treasures they have engraved in their souls so that their remains no need for external elements to merge.

This is the kind of change we, as a nation, can thrive on!

Shanzay Minhal Mustafa

The writer is a student of Mass Communications at Punjab University and a blogger

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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 03, 2023 (Friday).

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 Rs 206,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,790.

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 206,200 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420

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