Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, while addressing a press conference said he had personally met the tribal district-based movement, but questioned the political movement regarding the source of their funding.
He clarified Army wanted to make every effort to resolve the issues faced by Pashtuns in tribals areas, but, the way, they (PTM) adopted to eradicate such grievances would no longer be tolerated.
“No one can fight with the state. We were told to deal gently with PTM since day one”. “Why does TTP speak in favour of PTM? Why is your narrative similar,” he asked.
“Problems and demands are genuine and we want to help the people. But the time is up for the people who are using the problems for their benefit.”
DG ISPR Press Conference - 29 Apr 2019 https://t.co/QMHN0yZmos
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 29, 2019
The Army also warned India not to test the nation’s resolve. “India must not test Pakistan’s resolve. It is not 1971 anymore,” Gen Ghafoor explained.
The military spokesperson said that India has been lying for the past two months and Pakistan has shown responsibility despite these lies and added that the country foiled India’s airstrike.
“None of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft was missing which was also proven by a report in an American news publication,” he maintained.
“For the past two months, India has been continuing to present lies instead of facts. As a responsible country, we have not responded to their lies. Lies have to be repeated again and again. Truth only needs to be spoken once," the military’s spokesman said in his opening remarks.
“There was no damage at our end in Balakot. We took local and foreign media there to show them [the truth],” he went on to say while referring to Indian air strikes on February 26th.
“We will facilitate Indian media if they choose to come to Balakot to see the truth,” he added.
Major General Ghafoor said that support for the Kashmiri people "runs in our blood."
"Support for our Kashmiri brethren runs in our blood. We will do whatever it takes for their independence.”
"If India is sincere for peace in the region, they should hold talks and resolve the Kashmir issue," he added.
Over 30,000 madrassahs in Pakistan in which 2.5 million children study, he said.
In 1947, there were 247 seminaries. The number surged to 2,861 in 1979, and from the 1980s to 2019 it has increased to over 30,000. “We found that less than 100 madrassahs are teaching extremism to children.”
The religious institutions have their own system of operations. About 70% of the madrassahs charge Rs1,000 per student, 25% charge Rs3,000 to Rs5,000 and five percent charge Rs15,000 to Rs20,000.
We want to bring them into the mainstream, he remarked. We have decided to bring them under education ministry. The madrassahs fell under the industries ministry previously, he said.
“We, however, need money for this,” he said. “Funds worth Rs2 billion are needed for this process and after that, we will need Rs1 billion every year for maintaining the system.”
“Action against terrorist structure in Pakistan"
Pakistan has conducted 1,237 kinetic operations and 100 intelligence-based operations, killing over 17,000 terrorists.
Similarly, he remarked that 70 countries are sharing intelligence right now regarding the arrests and repatriation of such terrorists.
Over 81,000 Pakistanis were killed or injured in these events, he said. At a time when your army is involved in kinetic operations — we had to move towards the Eastern border three times due to escalation — it couldn’t concentrate on our operations, he explained.
KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.
This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.
According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.
The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.
In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”
Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.
Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.
Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.
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 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Karachi||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Islamabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Peshawar||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Quetta||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sialkot||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Attock||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujranwala||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Jehlum||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Multan||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujrat||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nawabshah||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Chakwal||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Hyderabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nowshehra||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sargodha||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Faisalabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Mirpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
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