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Pak defence minister speaking language of US, India: Hafiz Saeed on crackdown

11:11 AM | 4 Jan, 2018
Pak defence minister speaking language of US, India: Hafiz Saeed on crackdown
LAHROE - Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has said that recent action against his party and charities was being carried out under the pressure of India and the US.

Talking to British media, Saeed negated Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir’s statement that the government has launched a crackdown on Hafiz Saeed-led JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) under the ‘Operation Radul Fasaad’ not under US pressure.

Responding to a question, Saeed said that he had not received any official notice to declare his party a terrorist outfit, adding that the allegations were baseless.

He said, “The defence minister is speaking language of India and US as both countries desired action against him”.

JuD chief said, “Some political elements launched a campaign against him by following agenda of others”.

He further clarified that JuD had no link with the Haqqani network and deteriorated situation in Afghanistan, but asserted that the US should quit Afghanistan.

The cleric said that relations between India and Pakistan should be normalized but a bone of contention, Kashimr issue, must be resolved.

Earlier on Wednesday, Khurram Dastgir Khan talking to BBC said the government has launched crackdown after “serious deliberations.”

The government has banned Saeed-led JuD and FIF from collecting donations on Monday. The government has also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations on the UNSC sanctions list.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) issued a notification prohibiting the collection of donations by the JuD, the front organisation of banned outfit Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT), as well as several other such organisations named in a list of banned outfits by the UN Security Council.

“We have taken action against the JuD and the FIF not on the pressure of the Trump administration. We have initiated action against Saeed’s organisations after ‘serious deliberations’. It is not taken in haste,” Khurram Dastgir said.

He said the action was part of the ‘Operation Radul Fasaad’, launched in February last year by the Pak army to disarm and eliminate the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country with support of local law enforcement agencies.

“We have taken action against the organisations which are on the UNSC sanctions list, so that our children remain safe in schools. We do not want that one day they (people associated with these organisations) attack their own country with guns,” the minister said.

The PML-N government is also considering taking over the control of charities run by the JuD and the FIF. If action is taken, the JuD may lose its headquarters in Muridke, near Lahore, to the government.

The FIF is a closely connected to banned terrorist group LeT and JuD. It is also said that FIF is JuD with a new name, designed to evade scrutiny and sanctions.

Yesterday, the JuD and the FIF activists held a rally outside its headquarters in Muridke in protest against the government action and also blocked a road.

Addressing the rally, JuD leader Hafiz Abdur Rehman Maki alleged that the action against the JuD and the FIF has been taken on the pressure of the US and India.

“Those trying to strangle the JuD and the FIF will soon be in the grip of Allah. We are not committing any crime to serve the humanity,” he said.

Maki also said that any move by the government to take the control of ‘Markaz-e-Taiba’ (the JuD headquarters) and charity would not be accepted.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

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 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 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 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
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 207.1 209.1
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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