FACT-CHECK: Has University of Hull really expelled Pakistani judge Humayun Dilawar?

10:18 PM | 8 Aug, 2023
FACT-CHECK: Has University of Hull really expelled Pakistani judge Humayun Dilawar?
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Social media has been abuzz with reports that UK's University of Hull has expelled Pakistani judge Humayun Dilawar, who convicted former prime minister Imran Khan of corrupt practices on Saturday after a controversial and hasty trial.

These reports started circulating on social media after British-Pakistani Twitter user Shayan Ali tweeted that Dilawar was removed from the training programme after protest by him and his team outside the university. PTI supporters took Ali's tweet as true and started sharing this news on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Senior Pakistani journalist and TV anchor Moeed Pirzada, who is currently living in exile in the United States after fellow journalist Arshad Sharif's murder earlier this year, retweeted Ali's tweet, questioning it veracity.

On August 5, Islamabad Additional District and Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar found Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan involved in "corrupt practices" and sentenced him to three years in prison and Rs100,000 fine. Dilawar, who was accused of conducting the trial hastily due to some external pressure, left for UK soon after the verdict, to participate in a training programme on human rights and rule of law hosted by the University of Hull. 

However, now some social media users are quoting sources as saying that the University of Hull has received more than 6,000 emails from across the world against Humayun Dilawar, but he is still on the training programme.

Earlier, the university said it has been running human rights and the rule of law training for Pakistani judges since 2014, for which the participants are selected by their respective high courts in the country.

“The current cohort has been selected by the Islamabad High Court, the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The University has no role in the selection of judges," it said.

In a related development, the official body of the PTI in UK announced a protest outside the University of Hull on Tuesday. 

As the news of Dilawar's arrival in London spread like a wild fire, some Pakistanis are now visiting the University of Hull and confronting Dilawar. Earlier, Shayan went to the university along with his team and confronted Dilawar.

On Tuesday, the video of a woman confronting Dilawar over his controversial judgement and then chasing his vehicle at the University of Hull went viral on social media. Some other people, who were not captured in the video, were heard asking the judge, "How much money you have taken for this job."

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


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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