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Pathankot Attack: In an unprecedented move, Pakistan arrests 12 suspects allegedly involved in an attack on Indian airbase

02:07 PM | 13 Jan, 2016
Pathankot Attack: In an unprecedented move, Pakistan arrests 12 suspects allegedly involved in an attack on Indian airbase
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies have arrested around a dozen people from different cities of southern Punjab on suspicion of their links with terrorists who attacked Indian airbase in Pathankot earlier this month.

According to a spokesman for Prime Minister Office, Islamabad has decided to share the development with Indian side and send a top level investigation team to New Delhi to further look into the matter.

A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Wednesday that the banned outfit, Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), which allegedly conducted Pathankot attack were secretly operating in four cities of Punjab.

The offices in Bahwalnagar, Bahawalpur, Multan and Muzafargarh have been sealed and the suspected members have been arrested, top officials briefed the premier.

The meeting which was also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhter, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (r) Nasir Janjua and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, was told that the arrested people could be possible facilitators of Pathankot attackers.

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The participants of meeting agreed that Pakistan would continue acting against terrorists and none of militant groups would be treated with discrimination.

“Islamabad will now approach New Delhi to exchange more information about the attackers and their link in Pakistan and the matter would be taken to a logical finding,” the statement added.

The development comes just two days ahead of a meeting between foreign secretaries of two countries, who will lay down a road map of resumption of comprehensive dialogue between Pakistan and India in Islamabad on January 15.

Reports by Indian media suggested that New Delhi had clearly conveyed to Islamabad that they will hold any such meeting only if Pakistan would take some serious action against the alleged militants who had links with the attackers of Pathankot airbase.

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The reports also published two phone numbers that were in contact with the attackers from Pakistan, but sources said none of the numbers was registered in Pakistan.

A special team of Pakistan’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) was investigating the Pakistani connection with the terrorist attack in coordination with other superior investigation agencies like Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).

The IB was instructed to look into the evidences provided by Indian government in connection with Pathankot airbase attack after New Delhi hinted at cancellation of January 15 meeting of foreign secretaries of two countries if Islamabad fails to move on terrorist attack probe.

PM Nawaz also directed the foreign office officials and his adviser on national security to stay in contact with Indian authorities to continuously exchange information in this regard.

Meanwhile, Washington was also pressing the two countries to continue bilateral dialogue on all outstanding issues including the recent attack on Indian airbase in Pathankot.

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.

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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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