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Balochistan: Death toll soars to 21 in suicide blast at Jhal Magsi shrine

10:16 AM | 6 Oct, 2017
Balochistan: Death toll soars to 21 in suicide blast at Jhal Magsi shrine
JHAL MAGSI - At least 21 people were reportedly killed and 25 others injured in a suicide blast at a shrine in southern Balochistan province.

Local officials said the blast took place after a bomber detonated his explosives outside the site in Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 400 kilometers east of capital Quetta.

District police chief Mohammad Iqbal said five children, a woman and one police officer were among those killed in the bombing.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the provincial government, said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

According initial reports, the suicide attacker tried to enter the Fatehpur Dargah and blew himself up when he was stopped by the police at the main gate of the shrine.

The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Jhal Magsi for treatment.
Local TV footage showed people crying for help in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

An eye witness said that large number of devotees including women and children were gathered in the shrine. The mazar is located four kilometres away from the city.

 



Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that the blast was suicide and at least ten people including a police personnel were killed in the blast.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack. In a statement, he said that "terrorists have no religion" and that his government would act against militants with full might.

On March 20, 2005, nearly 40 people were killed in a blast at the same place. The bomb had exploded during the Urs of Sufi saint Pir Syed Rakheel Shah at his shrine in Jhal Magsi when devotees had gathered in the kitchen compound for evening meal.

Last year in November, at least 52 people were killed in a bombing at a shrine in the Hub district south of Jhal Magsi.

In mid-February, a bombing by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on a shrine in the city of Sehwan in Sindh province killed at least 80 people, including 20 children, and injured some 250 others.

Pakistan has been witnessing violent terrorist attacks over the past decade. Militants with the Pakistani Taliban have largely been blamed for the violence, but responsibility for some of the bombings was claimed by Daesh terrorists.

Pakistan estimates that there have been 70,000 casualties in militant attacks since it joined the US campaign against militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Jhal Magsi is the headquarters of the Magsi tribe. It was raised to the position of subdivision in 1989. Many important saints (Pirs) are buried in the district. Among them are Muhammad Ayub Shah Bukhari (Gandawah), Sain Rakhil Shah and Sain Chizal Shah (Fatahpur) and Pir Chattal Shah near (Kotra). Their followers visit these places frequently.

Pir Lakha is a famous place near Jhal Magsi, where bathing cures many skin diseases. Therefore, visitors are visiting Pir Lakha from far flung areas.

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Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675

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