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.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 21, 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 March 21, 2023 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.15 286.15
Euro EUR 298.5 301.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 340.5 344
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.54 757.54
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.5 209.5
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.9 36.25
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.88 925.88
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.6
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 732.14 740.14
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.42 78.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.5 209.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.25 307.78
Thai Bhat THB 8.26 8.41

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 21 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,500.  

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.  

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 204,700 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390


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