PIA's flight attendant arrested in Paris for 'drugs smuggling'

09:29 AM | 10 Mar, 2018
PIA's flight attendant arrested in Paris for 'drugs smuggling'
ISLAMABAD - French authorities have arrested a staffer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) following the recovery of drugs in Paris.

PIA spokesperson, in a statement, said that airline was not the responsible for the security, mentioning that the accused could not have managed to take the drug to the aircraft given the strict security checks, Geo News reported.

The incident happened a day after Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that drugs trafficking from Pakistan to other countries was impossible without the assistance of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).

The contraband was recovered on the national carrier’s flight PK-749 in Paris, following which French authorities took the flight attendant Tanveer Gul in custody, while all other passengers have been allowed to go. The value of the seized drugs has been estimated at millions of rupees in the international market.

Following his arrest, the airline suspended Gul, adding that the staffer will be dismissed for proving guilty in the case.

The spokesperson was unable to comment whether the arrested PIA's employee will be departed or punish in France.

This is not the first time that contraband recovered from the PIA flight as 20 kilogrammes of heroin was seized from a London-bound flight of the national carrier in May 2017.

In April, as much as 15 kilograms of heroin was recovered from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Tuesday at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.


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
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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