Journalist Taha Siddiqui narrowly escapes abduction bid, received beating in Islamabad

06:28 PM | 10 Jan, 2018
Journalist Taha Siddiqui narrowly escapes abduction bid, received beating in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD- A Pakistani journalist was assaulted by 10-12 armed men on Wednesday and escaped an enforced abduction attempt.

The news was shared by Siddique himself afterward using the Twitter account of Dawn News correspondent Cyril Almeida.

Taha Siddique, Bureau Chief of online news website World Is One News and the country correspondent of France 24/7, was on his way to the airport when he was stopped by the assaulters. The journalist was beaten and threatened with death. Assaulters took all his belongings including his laptop, mobile phone and other documents of importance.

According to the sources close to Taha, the journalist was on his way to the United Kingdom for a work-related tour. Siddique was working on a project and had all the data related to the project with him when he was attacked.

After Siddiqui posted his message on Twitter, messages of support from journalists started pouring in.

"Journalist community must condemn the kidnapping attempt of Taha Siddiqui with full unity, no compromise on harassment of media," wrote Hamid Mir.

Fahad Desmukh showed his support for Taha with the hashtag #StopEnforcedDisappearances

Rabia Mehmood tweeted, "Cyber armies are actively maligning journalist Taha Siddiqui and cruelly mocking his escape from abduction attempt earlier today".

Other supporters included Kay Johnson, WION, Douglas Schorzman and the list goes on.

It's worth mentioning that, in less than 12 months, this is the fourth case of assault on journalists in broad daylight in the capital city of Pakistan.

in June 2017, unidentified men riding in a car and a motorbike attempted to kidnap senior journalist Azaz Syed. The police took up the case and barricaded all the roads but failed to get the suspected kidnappers.

In Sep 2017, senior journalist Matiullah Jan was attacked when two motorcyclists threw a rock and smashed his car's windscreen. He was traveling to Bhara Kahu from Islamabad with his children. No suspects were indicted.

In Oct 2017, senior journalist Ahmed Noorani was assaulted and sustained injuries when knife-wielding assailants attacked him. The Law Enforcement agencies again failed to find any suspects.

However, Pakistan is one of the worst when it comes to the safety of journalists. According to the World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders, Pakistan ranks 139 out of 180 countries.


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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