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.
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 30, 2023 (Thursday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||348||351.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.11||36.46|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.57||177.58|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 207,700 on Thursday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,070.
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 190,880.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Karachi||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Islamabad||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Peshawar||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Quetta||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Sialkot||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Attock||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Gujranwala||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Jehlum||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Multan||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Gujrat||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Nawabshah||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Chakwal||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Hyderabad||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Nowshehra||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Sargodha||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
|Faisalabad||PKR 207,700||PKR 2,470|
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