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PPP Senator Rubina Khalid faces NAB reference over 'graft' in Lok Virsa funds

05:49 PM | 1 Jul, 2019
PPP Senator Rubina Khalid faces NAB reference over 'graft' in Lok Virsa funds
ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference against Senator Rubina Khalid of Pakistan Peoples Party.

In its reference, the anti-graft body has alleged that the senator committed embezzlement in funds of Lok Virsa.

NAB investigation officer Afshan Basharat filed the reference before an accountability judge in Islamabad today.

The reference also nominated Mazhar-ul-Islam, the former executive director of Lok Virsa, Islamabad, and Dr Tabinda Zafar, who is the current chief executive director of Cosmos Productions (Pvt) Ltd.

According to the anti-corruption watchdog, the evidence that was collected during the investigation had established that the accused had committed the “offence of corruption and corrupt practices as defined under Section 9 (a), (VI) and (XII) punishable u/s 10 of [National Accountability Ordinance (NAO)] 1999.”

NAB said that during the investigation, it was established that Mazhar had misused his authority and illegally extended the contracts worth millions of rupees in favour of Cosmos Productions “in connivance with” PPP stalwart Senator Khalid and Dr Zafar.

Additionally, the bureau said that Senator Khalid and Dr Zafar had “gained illegal benefits by getting the extension of [the] agreement without calling the fresh tenders/without any competition and also failed to deposit the 50 per cent profit earned by them.”

“This had resulted in a loss of Rs30.13 million to the national exchequer,” it added.

In a meeting of the NAB’s executive board in November last which was presided over by its chairman Javed Iqbal, the corruption watchdog approved probe against various persons, including Senator Rubina Khalid.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 23 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

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 - 23 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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