Won't let enemy succeed in fanning sectarianism: COAS Bajwa

05:33 PM | 27 Jun, 2017
Won't let enemy succeed in fanning sectarianism: COAS Bajwa
RAWALPINDI - Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa said on Tuesday that Pakistan Army will not allow the enemy's plans to use terrorism as a tool for fanning sectarianism in the country to succeed.

The COAS would be spending the second day of Eid in Parachinar. However, ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor informed the army chief’s visit to Kurram Agency was postponed due to poor weather.

"Army authorities are in communication with Parachinar victims' families and local tribal leaders. The army chief will go immediately [to Parachinar] on clearance of weather," said Maj Gen Ghafoor, in a statement.

Meanwhile, families of the Parachinar bombing victims continued their protest on Tuesday as the death toll from the Friday’s twin blasts rose to 72, marking a grisly Eid for the town worst hit by militancy so far in 2017.

Officials confirmed that five more died in hospital. At least 10 others are said to be in precarious condition.

Members of the Shia community in Parachinar, capital of Kurram Agency - a mainly Shia area in the tribal belt - held protests against the attack claimed by the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami.

On the first day of Eid, families of the victims and locals gathered in Shaheed Park where they staged a demonstration against the repeated terrorist attacks in Parachinar and the firing allegedly carried out by the forces to dispel the demonstrators.

They said that they would end the sit-in after Gen Bajwa and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar came to negotiate with them.

The army chief, who recently returned from an official visit to Turkey, has during last 48 hours held meetings with various religious leaders and clergymen in a bid to encourage sectarian harmony.

"We all are united as Muslim and Pakistanis. [The] enemy's attempts to target sectarianism shall not succeed," ISPR quoted the army chief as saying earlier on Tuesday.

The ulemas, in return, assured Gen Bajwa of their complete cooperation to promote religious solidarity. Sources said the army chief met Allama Raja Nasir Abbas and Allama Iftikhar Naqvi.

In the meantime, "army authorities [are] in communication with Parachinar victim's families and local tribal leaders", ISPR said.

Gen Bajwa is also expected to visit Karachi and Quetta after Parachinar.

Ahead of Eidul Fitr this year, the country witnessed a spate of terror attacks that left at least 90 people dead.

On Friday, at least 14 people including 10 policemen were killed in a blast targeting police in Quetta that was claimed by both the militant Islamic State group and the Jamaatul Ahrar, and in Karachi four policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting as they opened their fast at a roadside restaurant the same day.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
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Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
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Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
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Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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