Afghanistan's "Plastic Bag Messi" reaches Pakistan after threats

11:46 AM | 2 May, 2016
QUETTA (Staff Report) – Five-year-old Afghan boy, who became new internet sensation after a video which showed him wearing plastic bag jersey of top soccer player Lionel Messi surfaced online, has moved to Pakistan's city of Quetta along with his parents as they feared abduction of their child in Afghanistan.

According to Murtaza Ahmadi's father, there are serious threats to his kid's life following his popularity as a Messi fan. We are afraid that some group of militants can possibly kidnap Murtaza and demand huge amount of ransom against his release, he said while talking to a Pakistani TV.

He has also urged the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to arrange his son's meeting with Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi as soon as possible.


After his pictures surface online in the beginning of this year, for weeks nobody knew about his name or location, until one of the Messi fans online launched a campaign to track him down. Finally the world came to know that it was Murtaza Ahmadi from Afghan city of Ghazni.

His elder brother Homayoun, 15, had made him the blue-and-white-striped plastic shirt with Messi’s named scrawled in marker pen and posted the photos of Murtaza wearing it on Facebook in mid-January.

Later on, Barcelona star Lionel Messi sent a signed shirt to the Afghan boy in February-end and expressed his desire to meet the young fan.

According Afghan football association, the footballer has approached them to arrange a meeting with five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi.
However no date or venue was selected so far for the proposed meeting of the two.

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.


Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 25 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 25, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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