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America’s longest war ends as last US troops exit Afghanistan after 20 years

Web Desk 10:02 AM | 31 Aug, 2021
America’s longest war ends as last US troops exit Afghanistan after 20 years

KABUL – The United States has officially ended its military presence in war-raked Afghanistan, Pentagon announced late Monday ending America's longest war.

As the US military C-17 took off from the Afghan capital, the last flight concluded a chaotic airlift that evacuated more than 120,000 civilians however thousands of others were stranded in the war-torn country.

The end of the US longest war will be remembered for colossal failures, and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of more than 180 Afghans and 13 US service members, some barely older than the war.

A statement issued by US President Joe Biden said “Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended - the largest airlift in US history”. He further said he would address the nation on Tuesday (today) on his decision not to extend our presence beyond August 31.

US Central Command Chief General Kenneth McKenzie speaking at a briefing said “Every single US service member is out of Afghanistan, I can say that with absolute certainty”. Adding that, “the last US flight out of Afghanistan left at 3:29 p.m. ET, and the heads of the State Department and Defense Department teams were among the last to leave”.

Meanwhile, the US 18th Airborne Corps also shared a picture of the last troop leaving Afghanistan. He was commander of the US Army 82nd Airborne Division.

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen shared a tweer shortly after the US withdrawal ends. "Tonight 12:00 pm (Afghanistan time) the last American soldier left Afghanistan. Our country gained full independence. Praise be to Allah. Heart-felt congratulations to all countrymen", the tweet reads.

Following the moments of the final US takeoff, the Taliban rushed into Hamid Karzai International Airport and took control of it. Meanwhile, celebratory gunfire echoed across the Afghan capital as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn following the withdrawal of the last US troops.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaking with an Arab publication said the US had been defeated and the country was now a ‘free and sovereign nation and this victory belongs to us all.

Furthermore, the US departure means that Afghanistan’s airspace is closed, with no air traffic control system in place and no flights coming into or out of the war-torn country.

Earlier, US President noted the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution calling on the insurgents to allow ‘safe passage’ for people still trying to leave the land lock country. Britain and France also push for the UNSC resolution, which had US backing.

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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 February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420

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