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First Pakistani female mixed martial arts specialist defeats Australian opponent

08:09 PM | 12 Jun, 2022
First Pakistani female mixed martial arts specialist defeats Australian opponent
Source: Anita Karim (Instagram)

GILGIT – Pakistan’s first female mixed martial arts (MMA) specialist Anita Karim beat Australia's Uyen Ha at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday.

Her brother and coach Ali Sultan told the media that Anita, a native of Hunza Valley, was trained at Fairtex Center in Pattaya, Thailand, for several months before winning the bout against her opponent.

“Anita started training for MMA at the end of 2016,” Sultan said. “After about a year, she went for her first international fight.”

Ali says Anita has participated in five international fights until now and won three of them.

“MMA is a very hard game and there was no female athlete from Pakistan in this field,” he continued. “That is why we decided to take this step to prepare her to represent the country.”

Ali said his family faced criticism since there was no woman from Pakistan who was participating in the sport.

“Despite huge criticism, people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Hunza supported and encouraged Anita,” he said. “She has also been making us proud.”

He hoped that Anita's performance would inspire other women who would come forward and join the field as well.

Several Pakistanis congratulated Anita for winning the fight through social media posts.

“What a win,” exclaimed the former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, in a Facebook post.

“A brave daughter of Gilgit-Baltistan. MMA fighter Anita Karim knocked out an Australian fighter.”

The region’s sports and tourism minister, Raja Nasir Ali Khan, also celebrated her victory on Twitter.
“Bravo! A resilient female fighter from Gilgit-Baltistan proving her mettle globally. Congratulation,” he wrote after the fight on Saturday.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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