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Pakistani celebs express outrage over Imran Khan's arrest

04:00 PM | 5 Aug, 2023
Pakistani celebs express outrage over Imran Khan's arrest
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Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was apprehended by the police in Lahore after a trial court convicted him of illegally selling state gifts. The court handed down a three-year prison sentence, finding him guilty of misusing his position as prime minister from 2018 to 2022 to trade state-owned gifts acquired during foreign visits, which amounted to over 140 million Pakistani rupees ($635,000).

According to Pakistani media, Judge Humayun Dilawar pronounced Khan's involvement in corrupt practices as proven. In addition to the prison term, the verdict included a fine of 100,000 rupees ($355), which, if left unpaid, could result in an additional six months of incarceration.

Khan's lawyer, Intezar Panjotha, disclosed that the former prime minister was arrested at his residence. Panjotha also mentioned their intention to challenge the court's decision in the high court through a petition.

Before his arrest, Khan recorded a video message and shared it on the social media platform X (previously known as Twitter), urging his supporters to demonstrate on the streets in protest. In the video, he emphasized that his struggle was not merely for himself but for the betterment of the nation and its future generations. He called upon his followers to stand up for their rights and warned that remaining passive would lead to a life of servitude.

Many Pakistani celebrities have expressed their outrage. Azeka Daniel stated "What a sad news for Pakistan today, Khan Sahab arrested again. Rest in Peace democracy,law & order."

Armeena Rana Khan sent her prayers to the former Prime Minister saying, "Khan sahib stay strong, this too shall pass. All decent humans will pray for you today."

Ducky Bhai, a well-known YouTuber, expressed a thought-provoking perspective. He candidly remarked, "Through my extensive travels, I have come to the realization that Pakistan is, undoubtedly, the best country. However, it is plagued by the presence of inept politicians and a lack of foresighted planning for the future."

The writer is a staff member.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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