Trump disappointed over no breakthrough with Pakistan on Taliban: Alice Wells

Haider Ali 12:00 PM | 29 Sep, 2018
Trump disappointed over no breakthrough with Pakistan on Taliban: Alice Wells
ISLAMABAD - United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells said on Friday that President Donald Trump was disappointed after no headway was made with Pakistan over negotiations with Taliban.

In an interview to a private channel, the US official said President  Trump had directed that Islamabad and Washington should work together to bring Taliban to the negotiating table, however, he was left disappointed after no headway was made.

'We have still not found a way to work more closely with Pakistan to ensure the Taliban come to the negotiation table,' she opined and added that these set of issues will continue to be important.

Regarding the cementing of ties between the two states, the US diplomat said, I can assure you through my own efforts that we are always looking for opportunities to strengthen our relationships.

On a query regarding Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's scheduled meeting in Washington, Wells said that the dignitaries will discuss important points regarding the strong partnership.

'The most important issue between the two countries is how to work on bilateral relations,' she affirmed.

The official, who has been touring Pakistan sporadically for opening new windows of opportunity, continued that there were investment opportunities in energy and other sectors in Pakistan and US was looking forward to strengthening its trading ties.

A day earlier, in an interview with BBC Urdu, Wells said that the  US wanted 'positive and constructive' relations with its South-Asian ally, Pakistan.

'Pakistan is an important country in the region with an important part to play,' she added.

To a query about the expectations from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government in Pakistan, the US diplomat said, we have the same expectations from Pakistan that we have from other countries in South Asia.

Alice Wells' comments came weeks after US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo visited Islamabad and called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff, general Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Both the sides stressed resetting the ties to forge better relationships in the future. Meanwhile, the US has also suspended the provision of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to Pakistan - an amount Islamabad had already spent in the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 30, 2023

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)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 305.5 308.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348 351.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 77 77.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.3
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206 208.2
China Yuan CNY 41.25 41.65
Danish Krone DKK 41.26 41.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.22
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.67 934.67
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.57 177.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 736.34 744.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.92 78.62
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.25 310.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 30 March 2023

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.

City Gold Silver
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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