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What if Shehbaz Sharif were the Prime Minister?

10:18 AM | 27 Dec, 2017
What if Shehbaz Sharif were the Prime Minister?
Keep your chin up, Mian sahib, now that the obstacles in the way of your (possible) premiership have disappeared after the closure of Hudaibya reference and after Mian Nawaz Sharif’s green signal for your elevation, barring the bagging of majority votes in the forthcoming general elections.

Even that ‘obstacle’, if at all it is an obstacle, is going to be overcome, given the fact that the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, has emerged as the ‘bullet (read fastest) chief executive’ of any province of the country since Independence.

It is his bullet speed and workaholic, passionate nature that may work to Shehbaz’s advantage since the voters are fed up with the outdated ‘slogan-mongering’ and so-called ‘charismatic’ politics in which the leaders have been making hollow pledges with no work at all, what to talk of delivery.

If Shehbaz makes his way to the highest executive office, one can expect things to move on a practical, speedy track.

Doctors, during their interaction with media persons, sometimes attribute CM’s restlessness to specific chemistry but whatever the basis, right or wrong, of these ‘chemical explanations’, this chemistry suits the public needs which may be fulfilled in the foreseeable future if the pace of work- and work- continues with the same passion as is evidenced from the inauguration of projects and uplift schemes one after the other in rapid succession.

Every now and then, the media-persons are on the run as much as the Punjab Chief Minister is on the run. One day it is the inauguration of kidney and liver hospital and the other day, it is the ground breaking of a state-of-the-art expansive and versatile Information Technology University.

And, as the things continue going operational, someday it is the inauguration of ring road and the other day, discussions are held to remember the great visionaries and leaders, Quaid-i-Azam and Poet of the East.

But this is not all, the running business does not stop at any point since it entails moving to other places like energy plants throughout the province, orange line train project and some welfare schemes including education promotion schemes and award of reasonable prizes to tax-payers and high-achiever students.

Imagine if Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif happens to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan after having secured public mandate (public mandate is the only way to assume the charge of this high office), the public utility projects like metro trains and buses may spread to the whole of country and line losses and power pilferage are likely to come to a naught since Shehbaz Sharif would definitely deal an iron blow to the corrupt elements in Discos in line with his crusade against corruption.

He has, of late, demanded NAB to investigate the Multan Metro Project millions of times following strict action by Chinese authorities against the blacklisted company, Yabaite, which has now been compelled to publish a public apology, as well (this makes the CM’s transparency slogan more credible).

It is also expected that CPEC in general and Gwadar in particular, which is one among the biggest deep-water seaports after Miami and a few others, is going to get a big boost besides seeing fast-track completion.

One can also expect greater international connectivity and thus greater benefits accruing to the country (without high costs) out of mutually beneficial deals likely to be finalized with foreign countries since many foreign leaders like those of China, US, UK and some European and Asian countries have expressed their high appreciation about Punjab speed, as expressed publicly by Chinese functionaries including the recently transferred Ambassador Extraordinaire, Sun Weidong, former US Consul-General Zacharay Harkenrider and British High Commission seniors.

And then, the general impression about Shehbaz Sharif is that he is considered an ‘Aitdaal-pasand’ (moderate and balanced) person within our greater institutional framework which would definitely help in removing inter-institutional friction, imbalance and many misgivings, thus putting the country on a healthy track of progress and prosperity.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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