First student from Pakistan’s Balochistan elected Oxford Union president

11:26 PM | 9 Jun, 2024
First student from Pakistan’s Balochistan elected Oxford Union president
Source: X

In a historic development this week, a student from Pakistan’s Balochistan was elected as the head of the Oxford Union, one of the most prestigious debating societies in the world.

The Oxford Union, founded in 1823, has a tradition of hosting prominent individuals from politics, academia, and popular culture.

The union remains an independent, student-led society, with membership primarily drawn from the University of Oxford. Members have the opportunity to meet influential figures and engage in debates that promote critical thinking.

Israr Khan, from Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province, was elected president of the Union on Saturday after receiving 617 first-preference votes, significantly outpacing contender Izzy Horrocks-Taylor’s 393 votes. Khan hails from Killa Abdullah city in Balochistan.

“Coming from a remote village on the Pakistan-Afghan border in Balochistan, this is beyond what I ever imagined,” Khan wrote on the social media platform X.

 “I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Oxford Union for their trust in electing me as President, and to my team for believing in me.”

Khan is pursuing a DPhil in Law at Regent’s Park College and has served as the Union’s Chief of Staff. According to the Oxford University’s student newspaper, Khan emphasized fighting the Union’s “institutional racism” while Horrocks-Taylor centered her campaign on increasing “female representation on committees and in our term card.”

Khan is the third Pakistani student who has been elected to head the prestigious debating union. Before him, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Oxford University student Ahmad Nawaz were also elected to head the Oxford Union. 

Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti took to X to congratulate Khan on his achievement. 

“A proud moment for Balochistan & Pakistan,” Bugti wrote. “Following in the footsteps of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, @IkIsrar has won the @OxfordUnion Presidency. More power to you, Israr!“

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir posted a picture with Khan on X. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 19 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 19, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 278.9 for buying and 280.8 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 278.9 280.8
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.4 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
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 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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