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Rashid Malik returns home after winning ITF Masters titles

02:08 PM | 5 Dec, 2023
Rashid Malik returns home after winning ITF Masters titles

LAHORE – Pakistan's tennis stalwart Rashid Malik marked a triumphant return after clinching ITF Masters titles in Pattaya, Thailand, alongside partner Waqar Nisar.  

Rashid Malik and Waqar Nisar received a warm welcome from a group of sports enthusiasts, including former Pakistan Tennis Federation Secretary Col (R) Asif Dar, ex-international hockey player Naseem Ahmad, ex-international boxer Tariq Mir, Mr. Ishtiaq Lone, and others at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore.  

Reflecting on his experience at the ITF Masters in Thailand, Malik expressed, “It was a great experience playing for the first time in the ITF Master 700 event. Being unseeded among top players worldwide, winning both titles boosted my confidence and made me believe I can secure the world title, Allah willing."  

Discussing the Pakistan team's performance, Malik praised players like Hameed-ul-Haq and Waqar Nisar. “Hameed made it to the finals, succumbing to me in the 60+ singles final, while Nisar fought valiantly in the quarterfinals in 65+ singles.  

In the tournament, Malik faced a formidable challenge in the semifinals against a former World No 2. Sharing his strategy, he said, “Despite nervousness, I attacked my opponent from the start, applying intense pressure. He collapsed, and I secured the victory in straight sets to clinch the MT700 title for the first time for my country.”  

Dedicating his title to Waqar Nisar, Malik acknowledged, "I thank Waqar Bhai for training with me throughout the summer, pushing each other to work harder." He also extended gratitude to the Sports Board Punjab team, specifically Secretary Sports Shahid Zaman and DG Sports Punjab Dr Asif Tufail, for strengthening the domestic tennis circuit in 2023.   

He expressed hope for continued support in fortifying the circuit in 2024, with plans to host ITF Masters events in Lahore alongside ITF Junior events. Looking ahead, Malik outlined his future goals, saying, “In January, I'll participate in two tournaments in Delhi and Meerut, India, in 2024. My aim is to engage in more ITF Masters and, inshallah, clinch the world championship in Mexico.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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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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