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Digital, physical, and economic terrorism launched at Pakistan are clogs of the same chain

Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan is going through a sensitive phase of its history where it is the target of foreign-funded digital terrorism led by elements like PTI, physical terrorism conducted by TTP, and economic terrorism launched from Afghanistan. Strangely, all three elements negotiate with each other and are linked in an attempt to destroy Pakistan and due to these factors, almost every patriotic citizen of the country is facing an existential crisis.

A review of events and incidents that took place in the last 10 days shows that no negative event was independent rather all were threaded in the same thread and they were interlaced and all three factors (digital terrorism; physical terrorism and economic terrorism) can not be seen independently as they are deeply connected with each other.

On July 22, 2024, TTP blew up the building of the Government Girls Model School Fazal Elahikot in Mir Ali village Zirkai with explosives. A part of the school building was destroyed by the explosion. In addition to this, Meerajan (age 51, resident of Malazai Tank), who has been teaching for 26 years, was martyred by TTP’s terrorists. The targeting of schools and government buildings by the TTP and the killing of teachers show that the recent secret call of the expatriate Noor Wali Mehsud has already begun to be implemented. TTP in 2010-2015 had been blowing up schools and targeting teachers and children and the APS Peshawar incident was one of the most brutal of such incidents. The sacrifice of Aitzaz Hasan Bangah is another example of the brutality of TTP and the sacrifices of the Pakistani nation that had been fighting against terrorism but alas PTI government invited and resettled terrorists in Pakistan during its tenure. On 6 January 2014, while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a school in Hangu village, Aitzaz Hasan traded his life with the lives of more than 2,000 students who were attending classes at the time of the incident. The school was later renamed Aitzaz Hasan Shaheed High School. His death anniversary is observed annually throughout Pakistan on 6 January.

Now TTP is doing the same acts without any check because the law and order situation is the responsibility of the provincial government of KP which is apparently helping terrorists to conduct their operations. The recent martyrdom of innocent men, women, and children by the TTP indicates that by design provincial law enforcement agencies like Police and district administration have no interest in contesting terrorists. Attacking schools and public welfare centers and targeting innocent people is proof that people are rejecting the so-called sharia of TTP that by force is trying to implement and kill whosoever refuses to accept their Khawarji concepts. The extremist ideologies of the Afghan Taliban and the TTP are two sides of the same coin while the PTI provincial government is working as a facilitator. The provincial government is responsible for public order, so it is the responsibility of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to protect government property, especially schools.

Among those responsible for this plan to spread unrest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are all those elements who are against the Azm-e-Istehkam initiative.

According to information coming from Kabul, Noor Wali Mehsud is involved in the cowardly terrorist attacks on girls’ school in Tank District and the murder of an innocent teacher and he has the full support of the Afghan Taliban.

There is co-relations between TTP and PTI as both target the Pakistan Army and the interests of Pakistan. It is worth considering that in the events of May 9, 2023, Imran Khan incited his workers to attack Pakistan Army but later he said that he had nothing to do with the May 9 incidents. However, truth always comes out and now he during an informal chat with reporters at Adiala Jail admitted that he himself had given the call for ‘a peaceful protest’ in front of the GHQ in view of his expected arrest. Here this question is of utmost importance that earlier he had been denying this. One of the reasons for this acceptance was to avoid the May 9, vandalism case against him because he now established that he called for ‘peaceful protest’ because he could not deny his involvement in instructing his followers to attack GHQ. Now he will say the protest went wrong and protestors by themselves got involved in unruly acts and he was not responsible for their acts. He is a very intelligent person and his handlers sitting abroad keep providing him with narrative material against Pakistan to keep him safe from legal complexities.

Unfortunately to say that he keeps creating political chaos while his provincial government keeps providing ground support to terrorists for attacking the Pakistan Army and innocent civilians and instigating the public against the Pakistan Army and government. He alleged the state’s involvement in the Bannu incident to instigate the public against the Pakistan Army but abruptly withdrew allegations after the damage was already done and his followers broadcast that the state was involved in the Bannu incident. These are unique tactics in that he made accusations against politicians, the Pakistan Army, and even the United States and then withdrew himself from such allegations after the damage could have been done.

Since the press conference of DG ISPR Lieutenant General Ahmed Sharif, the PTI has been targeting him because of his strongly targeted enemies of Pakistan, particularly TTP and its linkages. Lt. General Ahmed Sharif discussed many important points during his press conference, during which the operational performance of the Pakistan Army against terrorism was presented. This year, security forces conducted 22,409 intelligence-based operations, 31 most wanted terrorists were also killed during operations, and agencies are conducting 112 operations on a daily basis. During these operations, 137 officers and soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred while 398 terrorists were sent to hell.

DG ISPR stressed the importance of stability in the face of illegal activities and their negative effects and said that Afghanistan shares borders with six countries, out of which five countries have access through passports except Pakistan. Why is the border of Pakistan being kept as a soft border on the basis of ID cards? When the government implemented the One Document Regime (Passport), the mafia started protesting against it. The protestors had only one demand, let us do smuggling. This mafia is licking the country’s economy like a termite and is directly or indirectly linked with terrorism in Pakistan.

The key points of DG ISPR’s press conference, which discussed propaganda and illegal activities, drew the usual immediate negative reaction from PTI’s Umar Ayub and Asad Qaiser. There are some facts about this negative reaction of Umar Ayub and Asad Qaiser which are very important to bring forward. Umar Ayub may not remember that the question he is raising today has been answered in detail by DG ISPR with evidence in his previous press conferences.

DG ISPR said in his press conference on May 7, 2024 that border management cannot be foolproof in any two countries. They themselves do not claim that there is no illegal activity or smuggling. It is not necessary that a wall should be erected and technology should be used, monitoring, sensors should also be installed, despite this, illegal activities take place.

Another important point made clear by DG ISPR is that border management is not unilateral but bilateral. A border between two countries. Both countries have to manage it and share the responsibility to maintain its security. Do not allow smuggling, do not allow illegal activities, and keep traffic only at the crossing point. Various agencies are responsible for preventing smuggling at the border, such as customs, levies, and local administrations that ensure border crossings – the role of the military is to ensure its security. Since the crackdown on illicit economic activity, Iranian oil smuggling has dropped from around 15 million liters to only around five million liters. Afghanistan’s total imports are about 8 billion dollars and exports are only 1.5 billion dollars, most of the imported goods are smuggled back to Pakistan through the Afghan Transit Trade (ATA). In spite of these facts, the negative propaganda by PTI is basically a clog of the same chain that DG ISPR has also pointed out in his recent press conference, which is that propaganda against state institutions without any evidence is done continuously.

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President Zardari signs Christian Marriage (Amend) Act into law

  • President calls for further enhancing job quota for minorities
  • The age of marriage for Christians raised to 18 years

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari has signed into law the Christian Marriage (Amendment) Act 2024 during a special ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Act provides for raising the marriageable age for Christian men and women to eighteen years. Speaking during the ceremony, President Zardari called for further enhancing the employment quota for minorities in all government jobs, saying that he would write to the government in this regard.

The president said that all minorities were equal citizens of the state having equal rights. He highlighted that minorities should not be disheartened by some isolated incidents, saying that they had equal ownership over the homeland as much as anybody else.

The president accorded assent to the Act under Article 75 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Act amends Section 60 of the Christian Marriage Act of 1872.

Prior to the amendments, the age of Christian men and women intending to be married was required to exceed 16 and 13 years respectively.

The Ceremony was attended by the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony (MORA) Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Secretary MORA Zulfiquar Haider, members of the Christian Community and senior government officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Abraham Daniel said that raising the age of marriage for men and women had been a long-standing demand of the Christian community.

Bishop Abraham Daniel expressed his gratitude to the President for signing the Act into law during a special ceremony. He also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for his role in his previous tenure in reserving a five percent quota for minorities in government jobs, besides allocating special seats for minorities in the Senate as well as declaring August 11 as Minorities’ Day in Pakistan.

The Secretary MORA Zulfiquar Haider said that the government was committed to safeguarding the rights of minorities in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan, and the vision and values of the Country’s founding fathers.

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PM Shahbaz stresses need for Pakistan-Turkmenistan enhanced trade, economic, investment & cultural ties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov called on Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon.

The prime minister fondly recalled his meeting with the Grand Leader of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at Astana earlier this month and stated that he was looking forward to welcome him in Pakistan at an early date.PM Shahbaz stresses need for Pakistan-Turkmenistan enhanced trade, economic, investment & cultural ties

The prime minister expressed satisfaction at the holding of the third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, and stressed the need for regular engagements of all the institutional mechanisms between the two countries.

Shahbaz Sharif also highlighted the need for enhanced trade, economic, investment and cultural relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

The prime minister invited the Turkmen Companies to benefit from the promising investment climate of Pakistan, highlighting the special role of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) in facilitating foreign investors to invest in different sectors of the Country.

The prime minister also underlined the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to early completion of TAPI Pipeline as well as working together on other connectivity projects.

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Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations held

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar led the Pakistan side.

The Turkmenistan side was led by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations held

The two sides reviewed Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral relations including bilateral trade and investment, energy cooperation, connectivity and people-to-people linkages.

They noted the positive trajectory of the relations and agreed to further enhance high-level dialogue and exchanges at the leadership level.

The two sides will also strengthen bilateral dialogue mechanisms.

The two sides agreed to intensify joint efforts to further expand and deepen bilateral cooperation including political, economic and defence domains.

It was also agreed to develop closer economic engagement in the priority areas of trade and investment, energy, connectivity and information technology.

The two sides also discussed the projects of TAPI Pipeline and TAP Electricity Transmission Line.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar expressed Pakistan’s commitment to further enhancing bilateral trade and economic ties commensurate with its true potential.

Ishaq Dar underlined, in this regard, the need for early finalization of the Transit Trade Agreement and liberalization of visa regime to facilitate businesspersons.

The two sides also agreed to promote bilateral parliamentary engagement and enhance cultural exchanges, educational scholarships including training of diplomats and people-to-people contacts.

They will work closely to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and dialogue in multilateral settings including at the United Nations and Economic Cooperation Organization.

Regional and global issues of mutual concern were also discussed including the situation in Afghanistan and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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Pakistan, Egypt agree to enhance cooperation in religious education

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Chaudhry Salik Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday said that Pakistan wants to strengthen its relationship with Egypt in various areas of mutual interest including religious education.

The minister said this during a meeting with the Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan Dr. Ihab Mohamed Abdelhamid Hassan where the two sides discussed ways to further enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Egypt.

Both the dignitaries also discussed to exchange mutual studies in enhancing the Masjid roles as center of religious, spiritual, social guidance and social services.

The ambassador who called on the federal minister at his office informed him about establishing an institution in Punjab affiliated with Alazhar university to impart religious education.

The ambassador said that 11 professors of Egypt are already teaching in different faculties in International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

Dr. Ihab Mohamed Abdelhamid Hassan also invited the minister to attend a conference on the role of women in building awareness.

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Forecast of significant rainfall and potential flooding across KP & AJK

  • Storms and rain expected in southern Sindh:
  • NDMA issues alert to relevant departments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: According to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) of NDMA, strong monsoon currents are likely to penetrate from Aranian Sear and Bay of Bangal in upper regions of Pakistan, resulting in a series of rains across various parts of the Country over the next 24 hours, expected to continue until July 27.

Thunderstorms and rain are expected tonight in the coastal areas of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Umarkot, Mirpur Khas, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Larkana Division, Tharparkar, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Islamkot, and surrounding areas. NEOC anticipated heavy to moderate rainfall in Rohi and Rahim Yar Khan of southern Punjab, Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Bajaur, Shangla, Battagram, Buner, Kohat, Bajaur, Mohmand, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Swabi, Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda, Hangu, Kurram, Waziristan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, and Dera Ismail Khan in KP and areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

The rain may cause flood situations in various urban areas, rising water levels in streams and rivers, and landslides in mountainous areas.

The NDMA urged all relevant authorities and the public to take necessary precautions to mitigate the potential impacts of flooding and landslides.

The authority issued instructions to all relevant departments to alert Emergency Response Teams and mobilized resources to ensure a swift response to any arising situations.

Tourists were advised to avoid traveling to these areas during the forecasted period.

The public was advised to remain vigilant and follow instructions from local authorities.

The NDMA advised the public to stay informed and download ‘Pak NDMA Disaster Alert’ mobile app for timely alerts and closely monitor weather reports.

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Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Exchange Rates in Pakistan

The Interbank Closing Exchange Rate in Pakistan has been issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for July 23, 2024.Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

At the Closing of the Trading Session in the Interbank Market on July 23, 2024, the US Dollar (USD) settled at 278.40 against the Pakistani Rupee (PKR), appreciating by 0.03 percent.

The Euro (EUR) stood at Rs 302.79, the British Pound (GBP) at Rs 359.63, the Canadian Dollar (CAD) at Rs 202.24, the Australian Dollar (AUD) at Rs 184.41, the UAE Dirham (AED) at Rs 75.79, the Saudi Riyal (SAR) at Rs 74.22, the Chinese Yuan (CNY) at Rs 38.27, and the Turkish Lira (TRY) at Rs 8.45.Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Exchange Rates against Pakistani Rupees Today

  • USD to PKR – USD/PKR (1 US Dollar equals 278.40 Pakistani Rupees)
  • EUR to PKR – EUR/PKR (1 Euro equals 302.79 Pakistani Rupees)
  • GBP to PKR – GBP/PKR (1 British Pound equals 359.63 Pakistani Rupees)
  • CAD to PKR – CAD/PKR (1 Canadian Dollar equals 202.24 Pakistani Rupees)
  • AUD to PKR – AUD/PKR (1 Australian Dollar equals 184.41 Pakistani Rupees)
  • AED to PKR – AED/PKR (1 UAE Dirham equals 75.79 Pakistani Rupees)
  • SAR to PKR – SAR/PKR (1 Saudi Riyal equals 74.22 Pakistani Rupees)
  • CNY to PKR – CNY/PKR (1 Chinese Yuan equals 38.27 Pakistani Rupees)
  • TRY to PKR- TRY/PKR (1 Turkish Lira equals 8.45 Pakistani Rupees)

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Exchange Rate in Pakistan Today

Currency
Exchange Rate (In PKR)
USD278.40
EUR302.79
GBP359.63
CAD202.24
AUD184.41
AED75.79
SAR74.22
CNY38.27
TRY8.45
Also Read: Pakistan’s foreign reserves stand at $14.7 billion

It’s worth noting that like elsewhere around the Pakistan, exchange rates are not fixed in Pakistan as well and they can fluctuate everyday due to a variety of factors including market forces, interest rates, inflation, political & economic stability, and speculation.

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Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation.

The understanding was reached in a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Islamabad on Tuesday.Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties

In the meeting, the two dignitaries held a discussion on a range of bilateral areas of cooperation and regional and global issues of mutual concern.

They agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhance high level dialogue and exchanges at the leadership level.

The two leaders will also lead their respective delegations at the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations and explore avenues of bilateral cooperation with special focus on trade, investment and energy cooperation, regional connectivity and cultural relations.

The two sides will also discuss global and regional developments and areas of cooperation in multilateral forums.

The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rasit Meredow arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a three-day visit.

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Rains in Islamabad: Mohsin Naqvi directs for swift drainage of rainwater in ICT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Interior Mohsin Naqvi has directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to ensure drainage of water in low lying areas of Capital Territory at regular intervals in view of torrential rains.

The interior minister contacted the CDA Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa and asked him to personally supervise the drainage work.  He said drainage of water should be ensured at underpasses and other places.

Mohsin Naqvi said the officers and staff concerned should remain in the field till the drainage work is completed.

The interior minister gave the instructions for regular monitoring of streets, drains and waterways in the Capital.

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President for comprehensive plan to prevent urban flooding in Karachi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari has called for devising a comprehensive plan on a priority basis to prevent urban flooding in Karachi.

While chairing a meeting on saving Karachi from urban flooding and environmental degradation and promoting sustainable water resource development, at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Monday, the president said that the Sindh government should adopt a sustainable and long-term strategy, based on international best practices, for effectively managing sewage and stormwater to save the Metropolitan City from urban flooding.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Adjutant General Lt General Muhammad Asim Malik, Minister for Local Government Department of Sindh Saeed Ghani, Mayor Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah, CEO Karachi Water and Sewerage Corporation Syed Salahuddin, Country Head Herrenknetch Pakistan Col (rdtd) Danyal Naveed Ahmed, senior government officials, and local and international water management experts attended the meeting.

The president was given a comprehensive presentation by international water and sewage management experts and proposed various solutions to address the challenges of urban flooding and sewage in Karachi on the pattern of the tunnel sewer systems of Washington DC, the London Super Sewer Project, and the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System of Singapore.

During the briefing, it was proposed that a network of small and large sewer tunnels under existing roads in high-flood zones of Karachi may be developed.

It was highlighted that underground tunnelling using modern techniques would not disturb the public, city traffic and land ownership.

The experts informed that Karachi generated almost 450 million gallons per day (MGD) of sewage.

They added that sewage and stormwater were collected in small and large open drains which fell into the Lyari and Malir rivers and were released untreated into the sea, polluting the marine ecosystem. It was further informed that the existing network of drains had limited capacity and absorbed around 50% of the rainwater under normal circumstances.

The meeting was told that excess water was not absorbed by the system, causing urban flooding.

Speaking on the occasion, the president underlined the need for completing the feasibility study to control flooding in Karachi through tunnelling options within three months.

President Zardari stated that Karachi and its coastal areas need to be made clean and brought at par with other Metropolitan cities of the world.

The president said that since the proposed project would have significant environmental impacts, therefore, the Sindh government should approach international donors to seek environmental financing for the project.

The present said that the construction of the wastewater treatment system would also help supply treated water to Balochistan for agriculture, besides promoting the fisheries sector.

President Asif Ali Zardari remarked that the city of Hyderabad was also facing urban flooding and sewage issues that also needed to be addressed on priority.

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