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UC chairman accused of killing journalist still at large

08:28 PM | 3 Apr, 2018
UC chairman accused of killing journalist still at large
SIALKOT - Sialkot Union Council (UC) Chairman Imran Cheema, who is accused of a print journalist’s murder, remains out of the police’s reach even after a week since the killing, reported a private media outlet on Tuesday.

Zeeshan Butt, a journalist associated with a Lahore-based newspaper, had visited Cheema’s office in the Sambrial Tehsil on March 27 to inquire about the taxes imposed on shop owners in the Begowala Union Council, according to an audiotape of his last telephonic conversation.

Following a harsh exchange of words between the PML-N UC chairman and the journalist, the latter was issued death threats from Cheema — verified by the audiotape of the journalist's telephonic conversation with District Council Chairman Hina Arshad Waraich.

Union Council Chairman Imran Cheema (left) — accused of the murder of journalist Zeeshan Butt (right) — remains at large a week after the incident was reported.

The journalist, who had called Waraich to complain against Cheema's death threats, did not get a chance to complete his conversation. The sound of three shots, allegedly fired at Butt, during the conversation are clearly audible in the audiotape.

Prior to calling Waraich, Butt had contacted the area's SHO, informed him about receiving death threats from Cheema, however, the authorities failed to respond to his request for assistance.

The man succumbed to injuries sustained from the firing within the UC Begowala office premises — site of the incident.

Family of the deceased continues to demand justice as authorities fail to make any progress in the case.

Local police have said they are using the latest technology to trace the accused, who had fled the site-of-incident. When reached, DPO Sialkot was not available for a comment.

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
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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