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Bangladesh is now giving cash rewards to militants for giving up terrorism

01:03 PM | 12 Oct, 2016
Bangladesh is now giving cash rewards to militants for giving up terrorism
DHAKA - In a bid to halt the growing wave of extremism in the country, Bangladeshi government has started giving cash rewards to the militants who promise to give up the path of terrorism.

According to media report, at least two militants who belonged to notorious Neo-JMB group have already claimed the payments. The initiative is part of Bangladeshi government's plan to rehabilitate the extremists by offering financial and legal assistance.

The Neo-JMB militant group is consider an affiliate of the Middle East based Islamic State –also known as Daesh or ISIS. It is a splinter group of country's top terrorism organization Jama’atul Mujahideen.

The "reformed militants" also appeared on the national television last week as they received the check. They were identified as Abdul Hakim and Mahmudul Hasan Bijoyeach.

Reports suggested that each of them was rewarded with  500,000 Taka (about $6,350) by the Bangladeshi government. However, the crime for which they were arrested is not clearly mentioned.

A video shared by VOA News showed Abdul Hakim saying at the TV that he had chosen the dark path," however, he had "realized the mistake."

The 22-year-old Hakim further said: "We do not believe in terrorism. Everyone who has gone on this path should return."

This year over 70 people have died in Bangladesh in extremism related violence including Dhaka cafe attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 23 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

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 - 23 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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