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Quetta Corps Commander among six feared dead as Pakistan Army helicopter goes missing in Balochistan

10:58 PM | 1 Aug, 2022
Quetta Corps Commander among six feared dead as Pakistan Army helicopter goes missing in Balochistan
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QUETTA – An Army helicopter, carrying six people, busy in rescue and relief work in the Balochistan flood has gone missing, according to the military’s media wing.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations, said Pakistan army aviation helicopter, which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, lost contact with air traffic control.

It added that six individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps, who was supervising flood relief operations in flood-hit Balochistan.  

Reports in local media suggest that Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, Commander Quetta Corps, Brig. Amjad Haneef (DG coast guard), Maj Saeed (Pilot), Maj Talha (Co-Pilot), Naik Mudasir (Heli Crew) were among the passengers flying on the Karachi-bound AS350 aircraft.

The chopper reportedly lost contact with the control tower, shortly after taking off from the Lasbela district of Balochistan. Meanwhile, the search operation for the missing chopper is underway in the southwestern region.

DIG Quetta told a local media outlet that police teams are also taking part in search operations, however, he mentioned several difficulties due to the mountainous terrain in the sparsely populated region.

Armed forces personnel have been conducting operations in the region after deadly floods wreaked havoc. The region's death toll from devastating floods soared to 149 including 46 children on Monday.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed concern over the missing Pakistan Army helicopter and has requested the nation to pray for the soldiers.

Earlier today, the premier had visited flood-hit regions where he met residents and reviewed operations.

Also, former prime minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to extend his prayers for the safety of the people onboard the missing aircraft.  

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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