India takes down terror alert after confusing Pakistani students with operatives

Haider Ali 11:59 AM | 30 Nov, 2018
India takes down terror alert after confusing Pakistani students with operatives
NEW DELHI - The Delhi police took down posters showing two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad operatives days after a seminary in Pakistan identified the so-called operatives as its students who never visited India.

The anti-terror unit of Delhi police, Special Cell had released the pictures of two young men claiming that they were members of a terror organisation, warning of a probable terror strike in the national capital.

However, the law enforcers were left ashamed when the alleged 'militants' were identified as Nadeem and Tayyab who had nothing to do with any terror outfit and were students of a seminary in Pakistan.

In its bid to discredit Pakistan, India also generated an alert with a picture showing two young men leaning against a milestone on which “Firozpur 9 kilometres, Delhi 360 kilometres” was inscribed in Urdu.

The police handout cautioned citizens to alert the law enforcers if they spot the duo, assuming that the picture was taken in Firozpur, a town in India’s Punjab.

Indian war hysteria was dashed when the administrator of Jamia Imdadia in Pakistan’s Faisalabad city identified the men in posters as students of his seminary who never visited India.

Addressing a press conference alongside the students, Mufti Zahid said both took a picture at Ganda Singh border along a milestone which showed the distance to Delhi and Ferozepur.

Though the posters were taken down after the 'damaging' presser, it took India a few more days to reverse the terror alert.

An officer from the special cell, however, said that they had received the alert from intelligence agencies and that its credibility was not questionable.

Delhi police public relation officer, deputy commissioner of police Madur Verma said it was a “classified input shared by the superior agencies”.

“Agencies concerned had conveyed to us that these two men could create trouble and because we wanted to sensitise people in a specific area, the posters were put up. Posters were removed after the purpose was served. Such inputs are meant for a specific time duration and a particular area. It is a usual exercise,” DCP Verma said trying to divert the humiliation.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

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 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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