Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting. (Photo courtesy: @thefoodranger/Instagram)
Updated 21 March 2019
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Famed video blogger Trevor James says “already in love with Pakistan”

  • Popularly called “The Food Ranger,” James is in Pakistan with his wife Ting
  • Says their time in the country “one of the best trips we’ve ever been on”

ISLAMABAD: Famous video blogger Trevor James, whose “The Food Ranger” YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers, arrived in Pakistan last week and said he was already in love with the country. 

James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting.

“Already in love with Pakistan!,” James posted on Instagram while dining at Islamabad’s Monal restaurant in the Margalla Hills overlooking the capital. “We’re gonna be exploring a ton and diving in deep for Foodrangin’ and show you how amazing and friendly it is here!!!”

In February, after a meeting with Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, where James is curretly based in China, he said: “Pakistan is a beautiful country and I am excited to visit the country and explore the sights and sounds of its vibrant and resilient cities.”

Originally from Canada, James became curious about food and travel after attending university and encountering people from all over the world. HIs travels took him to China where he met his wife Ting Ting. In 2015, they started traveling together making videos about street eats. After recent trips to India and Bangladesh, the couple have now landed in Pakistan. 

In one Instagram post this week, James and Ting said they were in the eastern city of Lahore eating the “best” nihari they have ever tasted. 

“This ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavour you must try in your lifetime! Wow!” James posted

In another photo of Ting with food vendors hard at work in Lahore’s Walled City, James said: “Pakistan is an amazing country and beautiful destination for travel and food lovers!”

The couple’s most recent post shows Ting photographed with cooks in a Pakistani street restaurant kitchen: 

“We are overwhelmed with the amazing hospitality here. Everywhere we go, people are smiling at us and welcoming us to Pakistan. I can feel the locals friendliness toward me and Trev everywhere we go. Traveling through this country has opened my eyes to how friendly and welcoming Pakistan truly is. Trev says he wants to keep coming back and has already fallen in love with Pakistan and I completely agree, we are going to have to keep exploring more of this beautiful country!,’ she wrote. ‘This is one of the best trips we’ve ever been on!”


State bank will intervene in currency market in case of major volatility: Dr. Reza Baqir

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State bank will intervene in currency market in case of major volatility: Dr. Reza Baqir

  • Says the country is moving toward stability and growth as major economic issues are being addressed
  • IMF likely to approve $6billion bailout program on July 3 in its board meeting

KARACHI: Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Dr. Reza Baqir on Monday challenged a widespread assumption that his institution would not intervene in the currency market to stabilize the Pakistani rupee since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) required it to adopt a floating exchange rate and the bank had no option but to comply with the stringent condition.
Pakistan’s central bank is legally empowered to regulate the banking sector and conduct an independent monetary policy. Given the rapid decline of the national currency, foreign exchange dealers have asked its management to play its role and strengthen the Pakistani rupee. 
Addressing his first news conference in Karachi on Monday after taking charge as state bank governor on May 5, 2019, Baqir said that neither fixed nor floating exchange rates were in the interest of the country since the first created external imbalances and the second led to manipulation.
A former IMF employee, he added that the state bank would “keep an eye on the exchange market and intervene in case of major volatility through market-based exchange rate mechanism.” He continued that this implied “a two-way movement.”
Pakistan has devalued its currency by about 50 percent since December 2017 when it was traded at Rs105 against the United States dollar.
The governor said that the country was on its way to stability and growth since the country’s new economic team was addressing major issues causing instability through broad financial reforms. “The country has addressed the issues of current account and fiscal deficit. After recent depreciation, the current account has witnessed a substantial decline.”
Pakistan’s current account deficit was $19.9 billion during the fiscal year 2017-18, but it came down to $11.6 billion during the 10 months of the current fiscal year FY19. The central bank expects it to reach the $13 billion mark by the end of the current fiscal year at the end of this month.
“The country is benefiting from the currency depreciation because the current account deficit is declining and exports are on the rise,” he said, adding: “Imports are declining which is good for the promotion of import substitution.”
Last month, Pakistan and the IMF reached a staff level agreement on a $6 billion bailout program after months of negotiations. The IMF board meeting, scheduled to take place on July 3, 2019, is expected to give the final approval for the loan program.
“Pakistan has completed its part of conditions agreed with the Fund,” the state bank governor said without giving further details. “The deal has ended uncertainty and will send positive signals to the world community that Pakistan is now open to support.”
He added that the country had secured financing at a low interest rate. 
Baqir, who previously served in Egypt, hoped his cross country experience would benefit Pakistan. “The state bank has an overriding principle that the it would do whatever is in the interest of the country,” he said.
The bank, he continued, was also “fighting inflation through various monetary policy tools and will keep doing so whatever resources we have at our disposal.”
The governor expressed satisfaction over the economic future of the country, saying “our major opponent is uncertainty which is gradually subsiding.”