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TTP's offshoot Hizb-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility for Lahore's Data Darbar blast

03:19 PM | 8 May, 2019
TTP's offshoot Hizb-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility for Lahore's Data Darbar blast
LAHORE - The militant Hizb-ul-Ahrar, a break-away faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the blast outside the Data Darbar (sufi shrine) in Lahore.

The group has been involved in recent bombings in Pakistan and had also claimed responsibility for the attack on police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Dera Ismail Khan in February this year.

"This attack was carried out at a time when there were no civilians near the police," said Abdul Aziz Yousafzai, spokesman for the Hizbul Ahrar militant group.



The group had launched fresh 'Operation Shamzai' in March specifically for Pakistan and a string of attacks targeting law enforcers is a visible indication of the group's involvement in Data Darbar blast as well.

As many as 8, including five law enforcers, were confirmed dead in the explosion that sent shock waves across the country at a time when the holy month of Ramazan is being observed with religious reverence and fervour.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly denounced the blast outside Data Darbar in Lahore and sought report from the authorities.

The prime minister commiserated with the bereaved families and directed the authorities concerned to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the blast.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has also cancelled his visits to Bhakkar, Sargodha and Sheikhupura; he has directed the authorities concerned to provide every possible medical treatment to those injured in the explosion.

The writer is a civil servant.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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