Sajjan Jindal violated visa restrictions to meet PM Nawaz amid secret Pakistan tour

12:53 PM | 28 Apr, 2017
Sajjan Jindal violated visa restrictions to meet PM Nawaz amid secret Pakistan tour
ISLAMABAD - Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal flouted visa restrictions to meet prime minister Nawaz Sharif in his secret Pakistan tour, it emerged on Friday.

According to multiple media reports, Jindal who took off from Kabul and landed in Islamabad on Wednesday headed to Murree to call on premier Nawaz Sharif.

However, his tour to Murre was a severe violation of visa restrictions. A photo that went viral on the internet shows a visa issued to Jindal on April 25 for a period of 10 days. However, it also shows that he was only authorized to visit Lahore and Islamabad, making the visit to Murree a violation of the terms and conditions of his visa.

It was also suggested by a leading television channel that Jindal was also exempted from police reporting in Pakistan.

Sajjan along with his two friends Sokiat Sangal and Virendar Babar Singh made an impromptu Pakistan tour successfully avoiding media spotlight.

However, veteran journalist Sharif blew the lid off the 'secret' tour after which Maryam Nawaz, daughter of prime minister Nawaz Sharif took to Twitter and clarified that Jindal was an old friend of Nawaz Sharif and there was nothing 'secret' about the meeting.

Jindal’s interaction with premier Nawaz Sharif is being considered something of an extraordinary importance citing the recent developments including death sentence to RAW spy Kalbushan Jadhav and the confessional video of TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in which he categorically admitted links of the militant group with Indian spy agency RAW.

It is relevant to mention that Jindal is dubbed as a close affiliate of Indian premier Narendra Modi and his visit amid fraught relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours has raised questions in the minds of political analysts.

Although a businessman, Jindal is hailed as an influential personality in power corridors as well. He was part of the delegation that visited Pakistan during the surprise visit of Narendra Modi back in December 2015. At that time, he also tweeted ‘In Lahore to greet PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday’.

The foreign office has yet to respond to the reports that the Murree visit of Indian bigwig was a flagrant violation of visa restrictions.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 25, 2023

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 September 25, 2023 (Monday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292 295.15
Euro EUR 317 317
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.5 82.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.55 79.3
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 781.13 789.13
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.22 40.62
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 317 320
Indian Rupee INR 37.93 38.28
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 951.03 960.03
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.23 176.23
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.72 770.72
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 325.12 327.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 25, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 214,700 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs184,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

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.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 25 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Karachi PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Islamabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Peshawar PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Quetta PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Sialkot PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Attock PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Gujranwala PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Jehlum PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Multan PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Bahawalpur PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Gujrat PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Nawabshah PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Chakwal PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Hyderabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Nowshehra PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Sargodha PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Faisalabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Mirpur PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590


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