12:55 PM | 29 Feb, 2020

I know the colour of the bird sitting on the windowpane, It is green just like your eyes,
I understand the philosophy of relations in these
Days of casino-capitalism
To be hell with the soul and spirit and emotions,
I know the colour of your love is the colour of
Your country's currency note.

Only the medicine 
When my mother was dying on the dirty floor of the hospital,
Only the medicine 
I could see around me a host of medical stores packed with medicine,
Along with the 'armed guards' standing before them,
To protect their fundamental right of security,
So never talk of any human right before me,
I buried my mother that evening for only the medicine,
And there were tears in her eyes...
Even after death ;

It is only then I attacked them,
It is only when they killed me.

But I shall come back,
And don't try to remember my name,
I travel in the ship of revenge,
I may be back with any name
(And perhaps with any other face)
I'll turn your scaffolds upside down,
I'll visit my grave and right from my grave,
I shall challenge your hegemony,
I'll hoist the flag of a fierce rebellion.

You gave me a set of new words after the Cold War, 
You gave me another set of idioms after the New World Order, 
And now you presented me with a new coinage of phrases,
After the 9/11;
I'll use the same jargon you applied to me,
I'll kill you in friendly fire,
And your name will be reduced to the collateral damage of history

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Lahore. He can be reached at


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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