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Six killed in blast near Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city

12:59 PM | 2 Mar, 2016
Six killed in blast near Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city
KABUL (Staff Report) - At least six people were Wednesday wounded when a powerful blast hit area close to Pakistani and Indian consulates in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city.

Rescue teams and security agencies rushed to blast site immediately and the area was cordoned off. Nobody was allowed to travel towards the location after blast.

According to Afghan media reports, the blast was a suicide attack and sounds of gunfire also followed it. The number of injured and casualties is feared to rise.

In a brief talk to Indian media, the Indian consulate administrator said that all staff members in Jalalabad were safe and out of danger zone.

None of the insurgent groups, including Taliban and Islamic State group, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

It is also relevant to be mentioned here that Iranian consulate was also located near the buldings of Pakistani and Indian consulates in Jalalabad.

The blast comes just a month after six security personnel were killed in a strong blast outside Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad. A gun battle between armed men and security officials was also reported after the blast.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and United States are also due to meet representatives of Afghan Taliban in Islamabad this week when the four nations  are expected to finalise a plan to hold direct talks between Afghan government and Taliban insurgents.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.

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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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