Qatar releases 8 Indians after revoking death penalty in espionage case

11:28 AM | 12 Feb, 2024
Qatar releases 8 Indians after revoking death penalty in espionage case

DOHA - A group of former Indian naval officers was released by Qatar authorities, months after they were held on death row for spying charges.

Reports in international media said at at least 7 the 8 men have already returned to India as death penalty had been converted into prison sentences of different time period.

The decision to revoke death sentences was made by Qatari Emir, following continued diplomatic efforts by India. The former naval officers were held in August 2022 amid strained relations between India and Qatar, a significant natural gas supplier to Asian nation. 

Modi led government then engaged in prolonged discussions with Middle Eastern nation to resolve the issue.

The accused mensecretly gathered information about Doha’s secret programme to buy advanced Italian submarines. The CEO of a private defence company and Qatar’s head of international military operations were also in custody, facing the same charges.

Authorities in Middle Eastern nation also confiscated devices, and come to know about evidence supporting the allegations.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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