Sergei Skripal is Britisher attacked by MI5, Russia dispute claims of UK police over nationality of hospitalized spy

02:30 PM | 9 Mar, 2018
Sergei Skripal is Britisher attacked by MI5, Russia dispute claims of UK police over nationality of hospitalized spy
MOSCOW - In a flagrant contradiction with the claims of UK police, Russia has asserted that the spy, Sergei Skripal, currently under treatment at a Salisbury hospital, was actually a British spy instead of Russia.

Moscow, not only disputed the nationality of the spy but went a mile more claiming that he was attacked by the British counter-intelligence MI5, instead of British claims that Skirpal and his daughter were poisoned by nerve agents.

The Russian embassy in the UK, while quoting the version of British authorities negated any Russian links of the spy, in one of the tweets posted on Thursday.

The 66-year-old Russian exile and his 30-year-old daughter, visiting from Moscow, were found unconscious on a bench in the British city of Salisbury last Sunday. Both are under treatment in hospital but in stable condition.

The dispute regarding the allegiance of Skirpal has raised the concerns that the spy might be working for both the Russian and British intelligence services as a double agent.

Valery Morozov, another former Russian intelligence officer who now lives in exile in Britain, said Skripal was still working with Russian military intelligence, Polygraph reported.

Earlier, Mark Rowley, head of the counter-terrorism division of London's Metropolitan Police, told reporters that the incident was being treated as attempted murder declaring that the origin of the spy was Russian.

"This being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent," Rowley said but did not specifically mention the nerve agent.

What Are Nerve Agents?

Nerve agents are highly toxic chemicals that resist the functioning of the nervous system and can be fatal.

They take different forms including powder and gas but they tend to be a liquid, which can seep through the skin.

Some of the better-known nerve agents include: tabun, sarin, soman, VX, cyclosarin or GF.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 23 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 23, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.25 280.25
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.52 748.52
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.46 731.46
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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