Manzoor Pashteen's relative met Indian diplomat, DG ISPR blows lid off PTM-India links

07:21 PM | 29 Apr, 2019
Manzoor Pashteen's relative met Indian diplomat, DG ISPR blows lid off PTM-India links
RAWALPINDI - Pak Army's spokesperson laid bare the links between Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and Pakistan's arch-rival India in a media interaction on Monday.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations questioned PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen about his relative who met Indian diplomat at the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

'Why did your relative meet the Indian official on April 18,' Ghafoor questioned Manzoor Pashteen directly in his press conference.

The military's spokesperson continued and wondered how much money was paid by the Indian consulate [to PTM] in May last year for the Torkham protest.

The spokesperson clarified in point-blank remarks that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan's spy agencyNational Directorate of Security (NDS) funded PTM.

'Why PTM and TTP peddle the same narrative,' Major General Asif Ghafoor questioned and wondered why TTP issues statements in its favour.

The official raised serious questions for PTM to answer including its efforts to block the handover of Tahir Dawar's dead body to Pakistan.

'You did not attend the funeral of those who saved the lives of 800 children,' Major General Asif Ghafoor shared.

The military's spokesperson said on PTM's demand, 48 percent area was cleared of landmines and questioned whether you [PTM] was a part of the state of Pakistan or Afghanistan.

"No one can fight against the state. We were told to deal gently with PTM since day one," the DG ISPR said.

Major General Asif Ghafoor offered that PTM should hand over the list of missing persons to the army so it could trace them.

'Would you follow the policy of Pakistan or Afghanistan,' Major Gahfoor questioned and warned that PTM took enough leverage until now.

Major general Ghafoor said that he was the first one to contact PTM advising that the group should set up a camp in FATA instead of fleeing abroad.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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