'Don't blackmail me into coming to Quetta' – PM Imran once again asks Hazara protesters to bury their dead

02:04 PM | 8 Jan, 2021
'Don't blackmail me into coming to Quetta' – PM Imran once again asks Hazara protesters to bury their dead

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he will visit Quetta as soon as the Hazara community buries the victims of gruesome Mach incident, adding that making the burial conditional on his visit is inappropriate. 

Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad on Friday, he said he will visit Quetta today if the slain coal miners are buried today.

The Prime Minister said the government has accepted all the demands of Hazara community and the bereaved families will be compensated and fully taken care of as they have lost their bread earners in the despicable incident; therefore, making the burial [of the dead] conditional on the prime minister's visit is "not appropriate".

"This is akin to blackmailing the prime minister."

Imran Khan said he also sent his cabinet members to Hazara community to deliver a message that the government fully stands behind them.

"Nowhere in the world can you blackmail a prime minister like this. Because then [it opens the door for] every crook to stage a sit-in and demand corruption cases against them be withdrawn. This is very important."

"The Hazara community has faced the most cruelty," said the prime minister. "They have been persecuted in ways no other [community] has been persecuted. I have visited them and seen their fear."

Imran Khan said the Mach incident is part of the Indian conspiracy to instigate anarchy and sectarian strife in Pakistan. The Indian plot was to murder the religious scholars of different schools of thought, the premier revealed.

He commended the intelligence agencies for foiling four major terrorist activities including one in outside Islamabad. "We have put out the fire which the enemy was conspiring to stoke through sectarianism," he added.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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