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Chemical weapons watchdog confirms ex-Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent

05:47 PM | 12 Apr, 2018
Chemical weapons watchdog confirms ex-Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent
THE HAGUE - The international chemical weapons watchdog has just confirmed Britain's finding that a former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in the United Kingdom.

The report released Thursday by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its investigation had "confirm(ed) the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury."

It said the chemical was "of high purity." The summary did not name Novichok - the name that was previously given by British Prime Minister Theresa May - but said the details of the toxin were in the full, classified report.

The report, however, did not identify the source.

https://twitter.com/OPCW/status/984391003674234885

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quick to comment following the release of the report, maintaining that only the Russians had the "means motive and record" to launch a nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia .

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible," the Independent quoted Johnson as saying.

Britain blames Russia for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union. Russia has denied any involvement, saying Britain hasn't provided any evidence for its assertion.

The findings come a day after the ex-spy’s daughter, Yulia Skripal, rejected Russian Embassy assistance as she recovers at an undisclosed location. Yulia, 33, was released from the hospital earlier this week, but her father is recovering more slowly.

"I am not yet strong enough to give a full interview to the media, as I one day hope to do," Yulia Skripal said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police. "Until that time, I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves."

Russia's Embassy in London questioned the authenticity of Yulia's statement, saying it was crafted to support Britain's version of events and increases suspicions that she is being held against her will.

British authorities "must urgently provide tangible evidence that Yulia is alright and not deprived of her freedom," the embassy said in a statement.

"The text has been composed in a special way so as to support official statements made by British authorities and at the same time to exclude every possibility of Yulia's contacts with the outer world - consuls, journalists and even relatives," the embassy said.

"The document only strengthens suspicions that we are dealing with a forcible isolation of the Russian citizen."

Last month, more than two dozens of countries announced the expulsion of around 150 Russian diplomats over Salisbury poisoning.

 

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 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 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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