Pakistani expat in UAE donates part of salary to Indian flood victims

08:19 PM | 8 Sep, 2018
Pakistani expat in UAE donates part of salary to Indian flood victims

ABU DHABI - A Pakistani man living in the United Arab Emirates has contributed part of his salary to the Kerala Chief Minister's relief fund to help flood victims in India.

An insurance professional from Karachi living in the UAE for the last six years, Rizwan Hussein said he got involved in the situation in Kerala through a Malayalee friend and colleague, who was helping in rescue and relief efforts as floods wreaked death and destruction across the South Indian state.

Nearly 400 people have died and thousands remained stranded by the worst flooding in the Indian state of Kerala in a century.

“Prejudices get washed away when you stand for humanity, and support people who need help,” the 39-year-old told Khaleej Times.

"I grew up in Pakistan and spent the most of my adult life surrounded by these prejudices against Indians. I am sure, it is the same on the other side of the border too. But when you start living in another country, and interact with Indians, you realise people are all the same everywhere. The borders are in our minds," Hussein added.

Photo by Khaleej Times.

"My contribution to the CM's relief fund was a token amount. But the response I got from my friends from Kerala has been positively overwhelming. They were touched."

Last month Javed Afridi, the CEO and chairman of Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi, extended his help for the flood victims.

Afridi took to his official Twitter handle to announce that his team and charity foundation would like to “donate 5000 tents and basic medical supplies”.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had also offered to provide “any humanitarian assistance that may be needed” for the flood-hit Indian state.

Khan, who took oath as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister last month, tweeted on August 23 to say, “On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we send our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India.”

“We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed,” he added.

More than one million people in Kerala have been displaced, many of them taking shelter in thousands of relief camps across the state. More than 8,000 cattle, calves and buffaloes, 3,297 goats and 47 dogs have died in the floods, according to the state government.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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