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Police officer killed as AJK protests against 'unjust' taxes spread

09:45 PM | 11 May, 2024
Police officer killed as AJK protests against 'unjust' taxes spread
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In Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), tensions escalated between police and Awami Action Committee (AAC) protesters during the second day of demonstrations against soaring electricity bills and taxes, resulting in the tragic death of a police officer.

Markets, trade centers, offices, schools, and restaurants shuttered their doors across AJK in response to AAC's call for a widespread strike, protesting the surge in electricity prices and taxes.

A substantial police presence was deployed along routes leading to Madina Market, where AAC had arranged a reception for participants of a lengthy march. Roadblocks were set up on routes to Muzaffarabad at Shahrah-e-Srinagar, with heavy police contingents stationed throughout the area.

The day commenced with large groups from Bhimbar, Mirpur, and Kotli marching toward Muzaffarabad. However, clashes erupted near Islam Garh when police and marchers clashed. Protesters allegedly opened fire on police attempting to block their path, tragically resulting in the shooting of Mirpur Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Adnan Qureshi.

Despite being rushed to the hospital, the ASI succumbed to his injuries, while three protesters sustained severe wounds.

Elsewhere, in Kotli, several officers and demonstrators were injured during police teargas operations and protester-led stone pelting. Violent protesters vandalized multiple vehicles, including a magistrate’s car on the Poonch-Kotli road.

Previously, clashes had erupted at Shah Sultan Bridge, Tanga stand, and Aziz Chowk in Muzaffarabad.

Following the outbreaks of violence, police initiated a crackdown, apprehending numerous individuals in AJK's capital.

The AJK government, in response to AAC protests, had enforced bans on public assemblies, rallies, and processions across all districts, with Section 144 imposed throughout the region.
 
 

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 19 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 19, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 278.9 for buying and 280.8 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 278.9 280.8
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.4 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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