Turkey, Israel foil plot to assassinate businessman in Istanbul

Web Desk 02:07 PM | 13 Feb, 2022
Turkey, Israel foil plot to assassinate businessman in Istanbul

ISTANBUL – Intelligence units of Turkey and Israel worked together to thwart the assassination attempt of a Turkish-Israeli business magnate Yair Geller.

Reports of Middle East Eye citing sources said Mossad, and Turkey's national intelligence organization detained a pack of eight members following a months-long investigation and surveillance.

Once the target was safe, security units then moved in on the hitmen and held all of them. Most are Turkish nationals, but one member of the group has close ties to a foreign intelligence service while the head of the group is an Iranian national.

The assassination attempt was believed to be a retaliation to the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was assassinated by Israeli agents.

The report suggests that the team, which included Turkish nationals, photographed the target’s residence and his office. The assailants also used multiple phone numbers to avoid any counter-intelligence surveillance.

Officials believed that if the 75-year-old Israeli businessman was killed, the relations between Istanbul and the Jewish state would be further strained.

This is not the first time Turkish authorities have foiled such an assassination attempt. Earlier, they foiled a Hezbollah attack on an Israeli target in Turkey by implementing high-security measures in three major cities.

Officials said the timing of this operation was crucial as it came amid the discussions between Turkey and Israel to normalize diplomatic relations, while some foreign forces might have been motivated to upset peace talks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Herzog have held four phone conversations this year in an attempt to mend frayed ties, while the Jewish president is expected to visit Istanbul soon.

Turkey and Iran also maintain close ties as the two sides promised cooperation on human trafficking, terrorism, and other issues. Though relations soured over the Palestinian cause, Turkey also seeks close ties with Israel.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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