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Afghan President Ghani offers initiating unconditional negotiations with Taliban

Haider Ali 11:43 AM | 28 Feb, 2018
Afghan President Ghani offers initiating unconditional negotiations with Taliban
KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani expressed his readiness to initiate negotiations with Taliban for a durable peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

The Afghan president asserted that ceasefire must be agreed upon with the Taliban adding that peace needs to be sought with the Taliban in order for them to become a political group.

“The Afghan government must be accepting and we will also work on the list of freeing Taliban prisoners”, he opined as he opened the second Kabul Process meeting in the Afghan capital on Wednesday.

In another surprising offer, Ghani expressed that the government would open an office for Taliban - even in Kabul - and will also work to remove sanctions against its leaders.

Ghani observed that today peace is in the hands of Taliban, calling on the group to accept the offer and join the peace process, together with Afghanistan to “save the country”. He also announced that the Afghan government would provide passports to Taliban members and their families and will issue visas.

Earlier in his speech, Ghani said Afghanistan is determined to overcome the current threats and expand shared interests and grasp opportunities.

He expressed his gratitude to delegates from all the countries in attendance for their support over peace in Afghanistan.

Claiming that the Afghan government and the international community had analyzed the scale and scope of the threat and drafted numerous resolutions and agreements to address the threat, Ghani noted that consensus was still needed to take coordinated action among states to counter the threat.

The president said Afghanistan’s sense of justice is derived from its Islamic faith, culture and civilization.

"As a 99.9% Muslim country, faith has always united Afghans in the face of adversities and allowed the countrymen to overcome the seemingly impossible," added the president.

He stated that every Afghan, regardless of their ethnicity, was equal among Afghans and this sense of equality was rooted in the country’s past, as every major city had served as a capital of an empire or a state through history.

Ghani claimed that Afghanistan had never threatened any country and had also not let anyone use its soil to threaten another country.

The Kabul Process meeting on mapping out a plan for peace in Afghanistan is being attended by representatives from 25 countries and organizations including the UN and NATO.

Fresh Talks With Pakistan

President Ashraf Ghani also expressed his readiness to start government to government talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan for ushering in a new era of peace.

“We will be ready to starts talks with Pakistan and forget the past and start a new chapter,” said Ghani.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.

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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 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 274.94 275.69
Euro EUR 296.66 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,200 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,360.

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 202,200 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 202,200 PKR 2,350

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