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Taliban's rapid inroads in Afghanistan surprises Pakistan

01:25 PM | 28 Jun, 2021
Taliban's rapid inroads in Afghanistan surprises Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan was not expecting the Afghan Taliban to make rapid inroads in Afghan territory following the withdrawal of foreign troops, an official told a Pakistani newspaper.

Report of Express Tribune quoting an anonymous official claimed that ‘Pakistan was not expecting the unprecedented development in the South Asian country as the Taliban have already captured around 142 of the country's 407 districts.

The statement further added that ‘we never thought Taliban could make inroads that fast after the beginning of the US withdrawal as the militia stretched their influence as far as along the Tajikistan border’, he added.

The official went on to say that ‘the information we are getting from the ground is that Taliban riding on two-wheelers are taking control of Armoured Personnel Carriers. This is unbelievable.’

In this development, Pakistan is concerned about the lack of resistance from the Afghan security forces. The Afghan National Army has a total strength of 300,000 on-ground soldiers while the militia comprised around 10,000 soldiers.

Meanwhile, Afghan premier Ashraf Ghani, who recently visited the US, insists that the Afghan security forces are putting up resistance and have retaken the control of six districts from the Taliban.

Pakistan is however still making efforts on its part to seek a political solution in war-torn Afghanistan and its officials have reached out to Afghan leaders encouraging them to seek a political solution.

Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the world of the possibility of a civil war in Afghanistan if foreign troops leave the war-torn country without a political settlement.

Khan, while speaking with Jonathan Swan for an HBO Axios interview, said ‘we only want peace and don't want to be part of any confrontation. The US must find a political solution before leaving Afghanistan, he stressed.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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