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MQM founder 'suffering from COVID-19 in ICU'

07:31 PM | 1 Feb, 2021
MQM founder 'suffering from COVID-19 in ICU'

LONDON – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain is reportedly suffering from Covid-19 and is currently in intensive care at a hospital in the UK.

In an audio message, the ex-MQM supremo who is named in FIA's list of 1,210 most wanted terrorists says he had contracted the coronavirus and had started feeling the symptoms 20 days ago.

The 67-year-old can be heard as saying that he is in the hospital and is getting treatment for the disease.

He further said that he was feeling better and hoped to get well soon. He appealed to the public to pray for this swift recovery.

Altaf Hussain has been out of the public eye for quite some time since his party split in two and the Pakistani faction distanced itself from its founder. 

On October 11, 2019, Hussain was formally charged by the Crown Prosecution Service under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act 2006 for encouraging terrorism during a speech he made in August 2016.

Last year, London High Court’s Deputy High Court Judge Peter Knox has issued freezing orders on the six properties controlled by the party founder following an application for their takeover by MQM-Pakistan.

Earlier in November 2020, reports emerged that Altaf Hussain Altaf Hussain, who requested asylum in the 1990s and later gained UK citizenship, was facing a financial crisis and was unable to pay his utility bills.

He was allowed by the London court to use social media to a limited extent and he has been also allowed to speak to his followers but on social terms only.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

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 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 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 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
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 207.1 209.1
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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