A city dream: Rabia Tahira breaks taboos with mobile food kiosk

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This mobile restaurant also offer French fries with homemade sauces with it. (AN Photos)
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Spices at her restaurant, to be used as an ingredients for the burgers that she sells. (AN Photos)
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She is preparing to make the paratha. (AN Photos)
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Customers waiting for their orders, children youngsters and even elders are regular customers. (AN Photos)
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She is preparing to make the burger. (AN Photos)
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Rabia, the owner of this mobile restaurant. (AN Photos)
Updated 11 July 2019
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A city dream: Rabia Tahira breaks taboos with mobile food kiosk

  • Homeopathic doctor by profession, she follows her passion for cooking
  • Her small restaurant on a three-wheeler Qinqui runs from 7 pm till 3 am

RAWALPINDI: A Homeopathic doctor by profession hailing from Muzaffarabad, Rabia Tahira broke taboos when she decided to run a mobile restaurant in Islamabad’s twin city of Rawalpindi. 

Rabia makes different varieties of paratha in her mobile restaurant. (AN Photos)

Running her venture “Chaye Shashka” successfully for nine months on the city streets, Tahira says, “The response from the society has been very positive and encouraging toward my work. I have regular customers ranging from children to students and even families who come for takeaways and at times also enjoy the delights with some hot tea on the spot.”

Customers waiting for their orders, children youngsters and even elders are regular customers. (AN Photos)

Her small restaurant run on a three-wheeler Qinqui from 7 p.m. till 3 am serves a variety of parathas (bread) including ones stuffed with chicken, potato, and cheese complimented by seven different types of sauces. The menu was recently expanded by adding burgers, which are also very popular among customers. 

Rabia’s Rikshaw in which she is running her mobile restaurant in Rawalpindi. (AN Photos)

“I started this business on a rickshaw because I can’t afford a proper shop. So, with a lot of moral support from my family, I am able to run this business on the road,” said Tahira. 

Spices at her restaurant, to be used as an ingredients for the burgers that she sells. (AN Photos)

Benefiting from her education and course in culinary arts, Tahira seeks to enhance her business through social media by running a Facebook page, “Chaye Shashka.” Her followers grow gradually but she is optimistic to have her proper food setup in Rawalpindi soon.


No change in instructions on purchase of foreign currency by banks, clarifies central bank

Updated 22 July 2019
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No change in instructions on purchase of foreign currency by banks, clarifies central bank

  • Some media outlets misinterpreted the updated version of Foreign Exchange Manual, causing confusion
  • Commercial banks cannot replace exchange companies, says Malik Bostan

KARACHI: Pakistan’s exchange companies would continue to play their role in the country’s economy, clarified the State Bank of Pakistan on Monday, noting that there was no change in the instruction on purchase of foreign currency notes by banks who were already allowed to deal in international currencies through authorized branches.
The confusion was caused when some local and foreign media outlets misinterpreted the updated version of the central bank’s instructions in its Foreign Exchange Manual, thinking that the country’s currency exchange companies were being drive out of business and commercial banks were going to assume their role. 
“SBP is in process of revision of Foreign Exchange (FE) Manual in phased manner. In this respect, seven chapters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 20) of FE Manual have been revised and circulated through FE Circular dated November 29, 2018, in the first phase. In phase II, three chapters 8, 9 & 11 have been revised through FE Circular No. 03 of 2019 dated July 16, 2019,” a statement issued by the central bank said. 
One of these revised chapters, 11, includes regulations on “Dealings in Foreign Currency Notes and Coins etc. by the Authorized Dealers (banks).”
“With respect to revised Chapter 11, it has come to our notice that there are some confusions/misinterpretations regarding Para 2 suggesting that SBP has allowed the banks to sell/purchase foreign currencies to/from public by amending the existing regulations,” the SBP said while clarifying that no such amendment had been made.
Currency dealers also said they were playing a vital role for the country’s economy "that cannot be downplayed."
“Banks were already authorized to undertake foreign exchange currency business through authorized branches, but they did not take interest in currency dealing which is evident from the fact that only a few of them established such branches,” Malik Bostan, president of the Forex Association of Pakistan, told Arab News on Monday.
Bostan added that “we are operating on meager profit that commercial banks can’t afford to make.”