Dialogue necessary to resolve Middle East crisis: Maleeha Lodhi

01:26 PM | 27 Jan, 2016
Dialogue necessary to resolve Middle East crisis: Maleeha Lodhi
NEW YORK (Staff Report) - Pakistan's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi Wednesday said that dialogue is imperative to resolve problems in Middle Eastern countries.

This she said while taking part in the discussion at the UN Security Council in New York.

Maleeha Lodhi said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is making efforts to promote harmony in the region.

She pointed out the Prime Minister made efforts to end tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
She emphasized that OIC can play an important role in ending conflict and for durable peace in the region.

Speaking in the Security Council debate on the ‘Middle East including Palestine” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that the new and revived tensions, polarizing the region were toxic not only for the countries already engulfed in conflict but could encompass other regional states and lead to widening turmoil.

That is why, she told the 15-member UN body, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had undertaken a mediator mission as Pakistan’s contribution to promote harmony in the region.

The Pakistani envoy said that the wider wars across the region, while rooted in divisions that span centuries, have been ignited by more recent foreign interventions, in Iraq and elsewhere. “The foundations of the old order in the region has been eroded, giving way to disorder spread by state and non-state actors such as Daish”, she added.

Ambassador Lodhi said that Pakistan believes that a stable order should emerge from the present chaos in West Asia and the Levant. To this end, “a consistent dialogue is essential between all the regional states, with the support of the major powers.”

Such a dialogue, she argued, can be promoted under the auspices of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation. It can help to promote fair and durable solutions to the conflicts and disputes in the region, and build consensus on collective counter terrorism actions, based on the principles of the UN Charter and the divinely ordained unity of the world's Muslims – the Ummah, she added.

Dr Maleeha Lodhi also stressed that “the fires that have ignited across the region in recent years – in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and beyond – cannot eclipse the Palestine question, nor render a solution for its enduring tragedy less urgent or essential.”

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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