KARACHI – Ismat Siddiqui, the mother of Dr Aafia Siddiqui who is serving a jail sentence in an American prison, passed away in the country’s seaside metropolis Karachi on Saturday.
Her death was confirmed by Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor. The 80-year-old was suffering from multiple disorders. Ismat Siddiqui left behind three children including Dr. Aafia.
A spokesperson of Aafia Moment told local media that her funeral prayers will be offered today after Isha prayers at Madina Mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal while burial will take place at Nabat Chowk Gabol Cemetery.
Earlier this week, Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui appealed to the nation to offer special prayers for the recovery of her mother.
Several politicians and activists expressed sorrow over Ismat Siddiqui’s passing.
ڈاکٹر عافیہ صدیقی کی والدہ محترمہ عصمت صدیقی کے انتقال کی خبر سن کر نہایت دکھ اور دلی افسوس ہوا ہے۔— Siraj ul Haq (@SirajOfficial) July 2, 2022
دو عشروں تک ان کی آنکھیں اپنی بیٹی کی راہ تکتی رہیں، ہر حکمران نے وعدہ کرکے دھوکہ دیا، واشنگٹن جانےوالوں نے کبھی عافیہ صدیقی کا نام تک نہ لیا۔ قوم کی بیٹی بارے یہ رویہ شرمناک ہے
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un— Naimat Khan (@NKMalazai) July 2, 2022
Asmat Siddiqui, mother of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist jailed in the U.S. passed away today morning.
May Allah SWT rest her soul in eternal peace.
Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the family of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving a jail term in US, in acquiring US visa.
Dr Aafia, a graduate of MIT, was arrested by the US forces for her suspected links to Al Qaeda and was given an 86-year sentence in 2010 for attempted murder. She is serving this sentence at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell in Texas.
Shortly after the arrest of alleged 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose nephew Siddiqui was married to, Dr Aafia and her three children disappeared in the port city of Karachi.
Five years later, she appeared in neighbouring Afghanistan, where she was arrested by local forces in the restive southeastern province of Ghazni and later handed to US forces who questioned her.
It is unclear where Dr Aafia was between her 2003 disappearance in Pakistan and her 2008 reappearance in Afghanistan, with her supporters claiming she was the victim of a secret Pakistan-US plot.
At her trial in New York in 2010, she said she was detained for a "long time" in a "secret prison" in Afghanistan. Her supporters said she was the "ghost prisoner" in Bagram, serial number 650, but this is denied by the US.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||311||314|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||29.52||29.87|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||148.33||149.53|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Karachi||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Islamabad||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Peshawar||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Quetta||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Sialkot||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Attock||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Gujranwala||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Jehlum||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Multan||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Gujrat||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Nawabshah||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Chakwal||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Hyderabad||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Nowshehra||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Sargodha||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Faisalabad||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|
|Mirpur||PKR 197,900||PKR 2,100|