Zafar Mirza warns pharmacies against hiking prices of face masks

05:39 PM | 29 Feb, 2020
Zafar Mirza warns pharmacies against hiking prices of face masks

ISLAMABAD - Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination Dr Zafar Mirza Saturday warns that health ministry to take serious notice of a high increase in prices of face masks in different cities.

He ordered a crackdown on those involved in black marketing for their personal interests of business. Talking to a private news channel, Dr Zafar Mirza assured that the government has launched a crackdown on such elements involved in a price hike and black marketing of the equipment.

“There had been a tremendous spike in the demand for face masks in the initial days owing to the panic and fear spread among the people”, special assistant to PM said.

He said masks and medication would be made accessible to the masses, adding, the country would not face any shortage of equipment as government taking all possible measures on an emergency basis.

Zafar Mirza said, stocks of overpriced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) against Coronavirus are seizing during a countrywide raid against elements involved in illegal profiteering.

Our supply team has been diligently attempting to source and procure new stock with our suppliers who are supporting as quickly as they could cope with production and shipment of significant quantities, he added.

“The federal government and all the provinces are together. We are ready to deal with this epidemic”, he added.

“This is the time to work together”, he appealed adding, “We all together to deal with this issue”.

He urged media to play a major role in educating people.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
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 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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