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Over 380 Pakistani migrants rescued in Libyan trafficking warehouse operation

02:29 PM | 1 Aug, 2023
Over 380 Pakistani migrants rescued in Libyan trafficking warehouse operation
Source: Twitter

A migrant rights group reported that security authorities in eastern Libya conducted an overnight raid, resulting in the liberation of at least 385 Pakistani migrants who were being held captive in trafficking warehouses.

The group, Al-Abreen, which provides assistance to migrants in Libya, stated that the Pakistanis were released in the early hours of Monday from smugglers’ warehouses located in the Al-Khueir area, situated about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Tobruk, a city in eastern Libya. The rescued migrants, including children, were subsequently taken to a nearby police headquarters.

According to Esreiwa Salah, an activist associated with Al-Abreen, the Pakistani migrants had originally intended to journey to Europe but were detained by smugglers who demanded a ransom for their release. However, no further details about the situation were disclosed.

Photographs shared on Al-Abreen’s official Facebook page displayed numerous Pakistani migrants, presumably those who had been freed, gathered outside one of the warehouses.

Libya has become a prominent transit point for migrants from Africa and the Middle East attempting to reach Europe. The country’s state of instability resulted from a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that led to the toppling and death of Muammar Qaddafi, the longtime autocrat. Since then, Libya has been under the rule of rival governments in the eastern and western regions, each backed by various militias and foreign entities.

During the past decade of turmoil, human traffickers have exploited the chaotic conditions, facilitating the illegal movement of migrants across borders, including those from Egypt, Algeria, and Sudan. These traffickers cram desperate migrants seeking a better life in Europe onto ill-equipped rubber boats and other vessels, subjecting them to perilous voyages on the Central Mediterranean Sea route.

In June, a tragic incident occurred when a vessel carrying an estimated 700 migrants, including about 350 Pakistanis, sank off the Greek coast. Only 104 people were rescued, among them 12 Pakistanis.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

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

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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