IS poses real threat to Pakistan, warns NACTA chief

Haider Ali 09:09 AM | 31 Mar, 2018
IS poses real threat to Pakistan, warns NACTA chief
ISLAMABAD - National coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) Ihsan Ghani warned on Friday that the militant Islamic State (IS) group posed a real threat to Pakistan.

"IS had a significant presence in Afghanistan, which threatened a spillover into Pakistan," said the officer as he addressed a press conference in connection with a security-related event.

The Nacta chief observed that the situations in the countries around shaped the regional environment and a bad situation in a country affected its neighbours as well.

The security czar maintained that we could not isolate ourselves from the situation in Afghanistan hastening to add that fencing of the border with Afghanistan would make a difference.

He asserted that according to intelligence reports, Pakistan was targeted by Afghanistan-based terrorists adding that there were also reports about the involvement of Afghan refugees in terrorist activities.

To a question about granting extensions to the Afghan refugees to stay in Pakistan, Mr Ghani replied that the government could not take a unilateral decision and had to consult other stakeholders on the issue.

"The policy of forced evacuation of Afghan refugees in the 1990s did not work. Those who were sent across the border in trucks managed to come back again" observed the official.

Ghani was of the view that a refugee policy should have been devised back in 1979, claiming that a refugee policy was being formed - keeping NGOs and international organisations in the loop - that would help resolve refugees-related issues.

Detailing the role of authority, he is heading, Ghani explained that Nacta had not been given operational role and it could not assume it adding that the government would have to amend the Nacta Act if the authority is to be given operational role.

The NACTA head briefed that a three-day conference titled “Islamabad International Counter-Terrorism Forum” would be organised from April 3-5.

The theme of the conference this year is “Pakistan’s endeavours and achievements in countering extremism and terrorism (Peace)”.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 31, 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 31, 2023 (Friday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.8 286.6
Euro EUR 306 309
UK Pound Sterling GBP 347.5 351
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 79.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.6 76.4
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
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 – 31 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.   

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 190,849.

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 208,200 PKR 2,470
Karachi PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Islamabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Peshawar PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Quetta PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Sialkot PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Attock PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Gujranwala PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Jehlum PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Multan PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Bahawalpur PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Gujrat PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Nawabshah PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Chakwal PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Hyderabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Nowshehra PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Sargodha PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Faisalabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470


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