Azra who holds nine masters degrees with high profile banking career forced to lead miserable life in car

Web Desk 11:24 PM | 2 Dec, 2019
Azra who holds nine masters degrees with high profile banking career forced to lead miserable life in car

Despite leading a wretchedly uncomfortable life on the roads of Lahore after enjoying an executive career, this silver-haired woman believes that Allah Almighty will end the unpleasant days.

Azra spent a big part of his life in London serving at the key posts in defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in London. She returned to Pakistan after the bank was shut down in 1991.

BCCI was an international bank founded in 1972 by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani financier. The Bank was registered in Luxembourg with head offices in Karachi and London. A decade after opening, BCCI had over 400 branches in 78 countries and assets in excess of US$20 billion, making it the seventh-largest private bank in the world. It was shut down following the allegations of financial crimes. 

Talking to Daily Pakistan, the former banker said she belonged to a renowned family and had friendship with famous personalities, including Tehmina Durrani, the wife of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif. 

Number of Pakistanis including late Hakim Ali Zardari, the father of Asif Ali Zardari contacted her to get loans when she was in the office. The old woman said that she had refused Hakim's request for a loan.

Azra's total asset is a grubby car filled with clothes and other items packed in plastic bags. She spent her days and nights in the four-wheeler amid changing seasons as she does not possess any house. 

"I owned two farmhouses When I was in London," she said while recalling her pleasant past. After the closure of the bank, she came back to Pakistan where she started a business but a fraudster looted her, forcing her towards miserable life.

No one has a relation with you when poverty surrounds you, said the dejected old lady who claims to be a relative of former PCB chairman Shehryar Khan. A renowned Pakistani politician Ghulam Mustafa Khar, according to the woman, is his adopted brother and lived with her in London. 

Responding to a question about her qualification, Azra said she held nine masters degrees in various subjects and completed over 700 courses. "I have travelled numbers of countries and enjoyed executive life and do not have any wish to be fulfilled," she said.

"I believe that Allah will turn the tough circumstance around and I will again get the place where I was in the past," she concluded. 

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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