'Free Princess Latifa': Kim Dotcom to raise awareness about UAE ruler Al Maktoum's alleged kidnapping of his daughter (VIDEO)

12:15 AM | 6 Apr, 2018
'Free Princess Latifa': Kim Dotcom to raise awareness about UAE ruler Al Maktoum's alleged kidnapping of his daughter (VIDEO)
DUBAI - Kim Dotcom has vowed to raise awareness about UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s alleged kidnapping of his daughter, Latifa, who went missing after attempting to flee the Arab nation.

Latifa al Maktoum created a video before leaving Dubai in which she outlined her story, directing her lawyers to publish it should something happen to her. In the video, she provided details to help prove her identity and said her older sister Shamsa had been imprisoned and tortured after she attempted to run away when the family were in England in 2001.

Latifa is part of Dubai’s ruling royal family. The United Arab Emirates consist of seven Emirates with six royal families. The young woman says that in 2002, when she was 16, she attempted to flee the UAE, but made it only as far as the Oman border. After she was taken home, she alleges she was beaten, imprisoned and tortured, from June 2002 until October 2005.

Latifa left again in February 2018 with the help of her fitness instructor and friend, Finnish national Tiina Jauhiainen, and a French-American former naval intelligence officer Hervé Jaubert. They left Dubai on Jaubert’s yacht, the Nostromo.

Jauhiainen described her role in helping Latifa escape in a statement to the non-profit, Detained in Dubai, saying the group planned to reach India and then fly to the US to seek asylum. According to Radha Stirling from Detained in Dubai, Latifa made contact with the organization on February 26, saying she had escaped Dubai.

Jauhiainen said she was on the yacht with Latifa when it was stormed by a joint Indian-Emirati military raid. “Around 15 men came onboard fully masked, in armoured black clothing, with machine guns and laser sights. They used what was some kind of gas that filled the boat was smoke. It was the most terrifying experience of my life,” she said.

“They dragged her away as I heard her say, ‘I won’t go back to the UAE, just kill me now’; I haven’t seen my friend Latifa since,” Jauhiainen added. The Finn said she was beaten, detained and forced to make a false confession before being released two weeks later.

Jaubert told the organization at least five warships, two military planes and a helicopter were deployed in the raid. “We were taken to the UAE. Kidnapped and sent to jail in the UAE, I don't know where,” he said in a statement recorded after his release. Jaubert himself fled Dubai in 2009 after being accused of embezzlement.

India’s foreign ministry did not respond to requests from NDTV after Jaubert and Jauhiainen’s statements were released. The Coast Guard’s Avinandan Mitra earlier told the network that it had no information about the incident.

Latifa’s last communication were Whatsapp messages sent to Sterling on March 4. “Radha, please help me, there are men outside,” she reportedly said, adding she could hear gunshots.

Stirling said Latifa’s current status is unknown. “She is still being classified as a missing person. We do not know if she is alive or dead.” she said. “Our presumption is that she is in UAE custody, and very likely suffering a repeat of the abuses she allegedly suffered following her previous escape attempt."


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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