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Foreign Office confident reports of uranium on flight from Pakistan ‘not factual’

'No word from Britain on claims so far, MoFA spox

11:04 AM | 12 Jan, 2023
Foreign Office confident reports of uranium on flight from Pakistan ‘not factual’
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LONDON/ISLAMABAD – Foreign Office late Wednesday responded to reports in international media linking the seizure of a package containing uranium that ‘originated in Pakistan’.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said no information to this effect has been shared with Pakistan at the official level, saying ‘we are confident that the reports are not factual.’

Baloch said the UK authorities have not approached Pakistan with regard to the reported incident at Heathrow Airport in which British border force seized a package containing uranium, which was alleged to have originated in a South Asian nation.

On Wednesday, a British Tabloid The Sun reported about the seizure of package ‘originated in Pakistan’, triggering fears of a ‘deadly shipment that may have been used to make a dirty bomb’, and as international media got the air, contrasting reports surfaced.

A spokesman of Scotland Yard also spoke with a Pakistani media outlet, saying a very small amount of radioactive material was identified after a routine screening last month.

Counter-terror authorities in the United Kingdom have launched a probe as a package containing uranium was seized at Heathrow Airport, and was linked with Pakistan.

The package, which was intended to be delivered for an Iranian business in the UK, arrived on a flight from Oman after originating in Pakistan, reports suggest, revealing that It was a shipment of scrap metal.

As the probe is underway, the UK’s home office spokesperson refused to comment on the matter, while the local authorities hinted at no terror-related activities. Despite the fact that the seized uranium was ‘not weapons-grade’, it raised several questions.

Uranium is a radioactive element that is being used in several procedures including generating clean energy, and after enhancement, it is being used in research reactors.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
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 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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