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Pakistan to continue denouncing September 11 NY attacks, FO reiterates

Islamabad: Pakistan reiterated strong condemnation of the horrific events of September 11 in New York and reaffirmed its support and solidarity for the families and loved ones of the innocent victims, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Saturday.

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Pakistan to continue denouncing September 11 NY attacks, FO reiterates
Pakistan to continue denouncing September 11 NY attacks, FO reiterates

The spokesman, in a statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, said "the people and government of Pakistan remember and pray for those who lost their precious lives that day.

We reiterate our strong condemnation of those horrific events and reaffirm our support and solidarity for the families and loved ones of the innocent victims.”

He said Pakistan also pay tribute to all victims of terrorism around the world including men, women, the elderly and children.

The events of 11 September 2001 reminded of the dangers the world confronted in the form of terrorism and its devastating effects, he remarked.

The spokesman said the international community had fought together against terrorism over the last two decades.

He, however, said the complex challenges posed by terrorism call for further strengthening international resolve and unity and to prevent and counter this menace, in all its forms and manifestations, including state-terrorism against people living under foreign occupation in disputed territories. “It is also imperative to comprehensively address the root causes of terrorism.”

“Terrorism has no justification. Any attempts to associate terrorism with any particular people, nationality, civilization, religion, race or ethnicity are condemnable. The new and emerging threats in the form of right-wing, Islamophobia, domestic, racially or ethnically motivated and other forms of extremist tendencies leading to terrorism necessitate effective responses around the world.”

He said in order to completely eradicate terrorism, it was vital to eschew double standards, myopic and selective approaches and vested, narrow political agendas.

He reminded that Pakistan had been an active partner of the international community in the global fight against terrorism over the last two decades. “Pakistan has played a leading role in this struggle and has demonstrated its earnest commitment through unprecedented sacrifices in the form of over 80,000 casualties and economic losses of over $ 150 billion. No other country in modern history has played a matching role in combating terrorism.”

“We also condemn in strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Pakistan, especially over the past few months, which were planned and supported from across our borders. Pakistan has exposed the planners, supporters and financiers of terrorist incidents committed on its soil and will continue to do so in future.”

The FO spokesman assured Pakistan would continue to play its rightful role in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and for the maintenance of peace and security in the region and beyond.

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US dollar hits high against Pakistani rupee

The dollar rose by 52 paise to 176.50 paise on the interbank market

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Karachi: The US Dollar continued its surge against the rupee on Friday, gaining 48 paisa to reach another high of Rs175.46 in the interbank market.

According to foreign currency dealers, at the start of trading, the dollar rose by 52 paise to 176.50 paise on the interbank market.

The rupee lost 48 paisas (0.27%) to close at Rs175.46 against the greenback in the inter-bank market, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

The dollar had closed at Rs174.98 against the rupee the other day. The value of US currency was decreased by 6 paisa in interbank.

It is to be mentioned here that the dollar had earlier closed at a record high of 175.73 at the interbank on November 12.

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US dollar to come down Rs8-9, Shaukat Tarin claims

Pakistani currency is undervalued by Rs10

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US dollar to come down Rs8-9, Shaukat Tarin claims

Islamabad: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin has claimed that the dollar will come down from eight to nine rupees, the government is taking steps that will further strengthen the country's currency.

While talking to the media, Shaukat Tarin said that if we do not refinance, something else will have to be done. 

Shaukat Tarin said that the real effective exchange rate should be close to 165, 166. Our money is undervalued by Rs10. There were rumors that lockers would be seized, but no such thing will happen, he added.

The advisor to PM stated that the government will not allow any increase in taxes and that no new taxes will be imposed. "Only tax exemptions will be abolished and all taxes on petrol have also been abolished. All the benefits of reduction in oil prices will be passed on to the people," he said.

The finance advisor said urged people not to pay attention to rumors. He assured that the value of the rupee will not decrease any further, warning those who are thinking that they will earn from the dollar that they will be hit hard when the value of the dollar comes down.

These speculators will be shocked when the value of the dollar decreases, he commented.

Tarin then spoke about small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) being the backbone of any country. There are 400,000-500,000 SMEs in Pakistan, he said.

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Great achievement, Punjab becomes polio-free province

'The fact that the province is polio-free is a great achievement of the Punjab government'

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Lahore: Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar has achieved significant success, the province has become polio-free after all environmental samples collected from the sewerage water for poliovirus from different cities including the provincial capital Lahore tested negative.

According to details, a high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar in which the officials of the Health Department gave a briefing over the significant outcomes of measures taken to eradicate the poliovirus.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that it is a big achievement of the provincial government following the blessing of Allah Almighty and a positive outcome of teamwork. He said the efforts of the provincial health department and anti-polio teams are commendable.

The chief minister vowed that the anti-polio vaccination campaign will be continued to immunize the children to prevent the new generation from the life-threatening disease.

The Punjab Chief Minister said that despite the province being polio-free, the polio vaccination campaign would be continued continuously and children below the age of 5 years would be given the anti-polio vaccine as per schedule.

CM Usman Buzdar said that anti-polio vaccination is necessary to prevent our children from disabilities. He added that the children in Punjab are being administered anti-polio drops alongside the vaccination of measles and rubella.

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