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Drugs smuggling impossible sans FIA, ANF's assistance, says Khawaja Asif

02:45 PM | 9 Mar, 2018
Drugs smuggling impossible sans FIA, ANF's assistance, says Khawaja Asif
ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday lashed out at Pakistani departments for their failure to prevent drugs smuggling to other countries.

Responding to a question during a session of the National Assembly, Asif said that drugs could not be smuggled out of Pakistan without the assistance of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Anti-Narcotics Forces (ANF), the departments work under Ministry of Interior, headed by Ahsan Iqbal.

Earlier in the session, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai highlighted that 2,800 Pakistanis were stranded in jails of Saudi Arabia, adding that the government should take serious steps for these inmates.

Achakzai revealed that poor persons were lured with money to smuggle the narcotics to Saudi Arabia, where they were arrested and handed capital punishment.

Over Achakzai’s concerns, the foreign minister said that the issues of Pakistan community were taken up at international forums. Saudi authorities have arrested Pakistanis, he said, adding that some have been held for overstay.

He said that thousands of Pakistanis contacted embassy on daily basis, adding that Ministry of Foreign Affairs was making efforts to provide consular access to the prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

He alleged that the smuggling of drugs cannot be carried out without the involvement of ANF and FIA.

Deployment of Pakistani Troops in Kingdon

In connection with the deployment of Pakistani troops in the Gulf country, the foreign minister said that they have been stationed for 'internal security' reasons. He assued that the troops will not to take part in the Yemen war.

Earlier, legislators from both the upper and lower houses had shown concerns over the move, and NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq directed Khawaja Asif to explain the deployment.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
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 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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