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How did Pakistan’s ace investigative journalist end up working at a US grocery store?

09:34 PM | 7 Nov, 2023
How did Pakistan’s ace investigative journalist end up working at a US grocery store?
Source: Social media

LAHORE – Ahmad Noorani is one of the finest investigative journalists of Pakistan and has been in the headlines for his investigative reporting on the most powerful figures of the country.

Noorani worked more than a decade for the investigative unit of The News International in Islamabad, one of Pakistan’s largest English-language newspapers.

He faced strict censorship in Pakistan and was repeatedly threatened to stop reporting on Pakistan's powerful military, civilian ruling elite and their families. 

Noorani survived a nearly-fatal attack in 2017 and was forced to move to the United States. He again hit the headlines in 2022 when he published an investigative report on the assets owned by Pakistan's former army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his family. 

Later, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated a case against Noorani and fellow journalist Shahid Aslam, who allegedly helped the former in getting tax details of the former general. Aslam was arrested for illegally accessing the tax record of General Bajwa and his family. 

Now a photo of Noorani has surfaced on social media, showing him working at a grocery store in the United States. This photo has been widely shared on social media, with some making fun of him and others praising him for choosing hard work over bribe allegedly given to journalists in Pakistan by the political parties and military officials. 

Noorani is not the first journalist who was intimidated and forced to leave Pakistan. In recent past, Arshad Sharif, a well-known investigative journalist, had to leave the country. He was killed in Kenya in mysterious circumstances. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
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 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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