PTI announces not to contest elections against PTM leader in South Waziristan

Mahmood Idrees 01:11 PM | 27 Jun, 2018
PTI announces not to contest elections against PTM leader in South Waziristan
ISLAMABAD - In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has declared that his party will not field any candidate against a leader of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a party which has been criticising Pakistan Army, in the upcoming elections.

Speaking in an interview with Hamid Mir, the PTI chief said that the party has decided not to contest elections against PTM candidate Ali Wazir Khan in South Waziristan. Ali Wazir is taking part in the elections as an independent candidate.

“I have always said that we need to listen and resolve Pashtun demands while working with them,” said Imran Khan, adding PTI wants a resolution of their genuine demands.

He commented that many of the demands being made by the PTM are right and should be addressed.

After the announcement, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry came forward and rejected the impression that the party has formed an electoral alliance with the PTM.

“Reports about forging an electoral alliance with the PTM are no correct. There was a seat adjustment on one seat in FATA,” PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said, in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that seat adjustment should not be seen as an electoral alliance.

Mix Response on Social Media 

A mix response was observed on social media following the announcement of Imran Khan in a TV programme.

Rise of PTM 

Starting in 2014 with a demand of removing landmines from Waziristan, Manzoor Pashteen-led PTM, rose to prominence in January 2018 when it began a justice movement for Naqeebullah Mehsud, who was killed in a staged encounter by Karachi police during the same month.

But with the passage of time, the PTM's demands increased in April. Pashteen, who repeatedly used hard words for the army which restored peace in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) by fighting against Taliban and other militants, demanded; removal of landmines, information about missing individuals.

Pakistan is unfortunately in a war zone and it is just recovering by defeating terrorism. Alike tribal areas, army check posts are present in many other major cities in order to keep an eye on miscreants.

The army pickets, which are being portrayed as humiliation by the PTM, have been placed for the safety of the citizens.

In an April's rally,  the PTM head said, "We have to identify the place that destroyed us," adding, "It is GHQ!", referring to the army's general headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Initially, in response to PTM propaganda, Pakistan’s armed forces did not give any statement. Later, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa without naming the organisation categorically stated that engineered protests would not be allowed to destablise  Pakistan.



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 4, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
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 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 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 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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