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Faisal Vawda accuses Gen (r) Bajwa of helping Farah Gogi escape Pakistan amid graft allegations

03:00 PM | 12 Jan, 2023
Faisal Vawda accuses Gen (r) Bajwa of helping Farah Gogi escape Pakistan amid graft allegations

KARACHI – Estranged leader of former ruling PTI Faisal Vawda made startling revelations about the alleged escape of Farah Shahzadi from Pakistan.

Speaking to a private news channel, the former minister accused former army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa of helping Farah Gogi, a confidante of Imran Khan’s wife, to move abroad.

Sharing the alleged tale of Farah’s escape to Dubai, Vawda claims that the former top general was fully aware of Farah plan’s to flee amid graft allegations, however, he refrained to step into the matter. Bajwa was of the view that Imran Khan might take the matter personally.

The close friend of the former first lady has been accused of corruption, as UAE based businessman accused her for alleged role in the selling of Toshakhana gifts.

Farah’s name first surfaced in headlines when disgruntled PTI leader Aleem Khan and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz levelled corruption allegations against her.

She was accused of buying a 10-acre industrial plot worth Rs600 million for just Rs80.30 million in Faisalabad’s special economic zone during the tenure of the PTI government in Punjab. However, the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) recently dropped this case against her.

Farah has also been accused of using her influence over bureaucratic appointments in Punjab and making money from the babus. However, the then prime minister Imran Khan defended her and said she was a victim of ‘political vendetta’. He said Farah was being targeted for being a close friend of his wife.

In June 2022, a couple of audio leaks surfaced online wherein she purportedly demanded a precious diamond gift for Bushra Bibi from property tycoon Malik Riaz and his daughter Amber Riaz in return for ‘removal of locks’ on a project site and withdrawal of a report against Malik Riaz.

Farah faces NAB cases for allegedly acting as a front-person of Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi. She is a director of a construction company, Ghosia Builders, which allegedly used to secure government tenders during the PTI rule. The company runs construction projects in the UAE. She is reportedly a shareholder in seven other companies as well.

And last but not the least, Farah is being named in the Toshakhana gifts sale controversy. She is alleged to have facilitated the sale of a precious watch, which was gifted by the Saudi Crown Prince to the then prime minister Imran Khan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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