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Facebook silences another prominent Muslim voice, this time from Palestine

11:50 PM | 1 Aug, 2016
Facebook silences another prominent Muslim voice, this time from Palestine
NEW YORK - Facebook recently blocked the account of Hamas member Ezzat al-Rishq for a seventh time, only a few weeks after silencing a number of prominent Muslim voices speaking out against state-sponsored violence in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

"I condemn Facebook's administration for closing my personal account for the seventh time in a row, and I consider the [decision] bias in favor the occupation and its dictates and against the struggle of our people for the sake of freedom,” Rishq said.

Earlier, censored dozens of posts and user accounts after the death of a Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani who was killed by the Indian army earlier this month. Most prominent among those blocked was Pakistani TV star Hamza Ali Abbassi.

More than 70 people died in the violent protests that spread across Kashmir in the aftermath of Wani's killing. An indefinite curfew, now entering its 4th week - was also imposed by the Indian government to control the growing wave of unrest.

Mobile phone coverage, landlines and internet services have been blocked throughout the region, except in the main city of Srinagar. Police have also raided newspaper offices, seizing thousands of printed copies.

Kashmiris say that the information blackout has been exacerbated by censorship on Facebook.

“There are no papers and we only get two TV news channels,” said Zargar Yasir, a Kashmiri blogger and PhD student who said his account was blocked for more than a week, with some posts removed, after he linked to a self-authored blogpost about Wani.

“When there’s no news, usually we turn to social media for information. That way at least we can talk to each other, we can ask our families and friends how they are, if they are OK. But Facebook has taken my account down, so how do I do that now?” said Yasir.

To get round the government’s news ban, reporters have been updating the news websites and posting on social media to keep people informed, Theguardian reported.

Mubashir Bukhari, a journalist writing for a paper called Kashmir Monitor said: “When I came into work yesterday, I saw that Facebook had removed a video we had posted. The video showed Syed Ali Shah Ghelani condemning the death of Burhan Wani. We have never had anything else removed from our Facebook page.”

Without credible information or access to communication channels there is an atmosphere of uncertainty in the Muslim-majority region. “There are so many rumors flying around, people saying ‘Did you hear about this man who died?’ when the man is still alive. Or did you hear about that shooting here? When actually it happened somewhere else,” said Yasir.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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