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US offered to swap Raymond Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, claims sister

10:03 AM | 9 Nov, 2018
US offered to swap Raymond Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, claims sister
ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani government in the past missed various chances to get freed Dr. Aafia Siddiqui from the US prison, claimed the sister of neuroscientist on Thursday.

Dr Fouzia Siddqiui, who is struggling for her sister's release since her detention by the US government, said that Washington offered Islamabad to swap Raymond Davis, a CIA operative involved in killing of two men in Lahore during Pakistan People's Party government in 2011, for Aafia but the government availed other things in exchange for that.

"I have clear-cut evidence that US offered Aafia for his exchange," she added.

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist serving her 86-year sentence at a federal prison in the United States (US) for almost a decade.

She further claimed that the government wasted another chance when the US wanted Pakistani neuroscientist's swap in exchange for Brigadier Bowe Bergdahl, a former US army officer who spent years in Afghan Taliban captivity until his release in 2014.

Fouzia also accused Pakistani government of not taking steps to seek a presidential pardon for her sister from former US President Barack Obama.

She also pinned hopes on Prime Minister Imran Khan for return of her sister, adding that she was cent per cent hopeful that Aafia would soon be coming to Pakistan now.

The comments of Fouzia comes a day after Pakistan raised the issue of "respecting the human and legal rights" of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui with the US officials.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/us-promised-to-look-into-aafia-siddiqui-issue-fo/

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the issue of respecting the human and legal rights of Dr. Afia Siqqiqui was raised in a meeting with Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, on November 6.

"Government of Pakistan has been raising the issue of Dr. Afia Siddiqui with US authorities regularly. Pakistan's CG in Houston pays Consular visits to Dr. Siddiqui, periodically, to inquire about her wellbeing and conveys her messages to Dr. Afia's family if any," read the statement.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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