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FO launches probe after Indian professor accuses Pakistan mission officials of harassment

09:22 PM | 13 Jan, 2023
FO launches probe after Indian professor accuses Pakistan mission officials of harassment
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ISLAMABAD – The Foreign Office has launched an investigation into claims made by an Indian professor that she was asked uncomfortable questions by the staff of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi.

The probe comes after Indian media reported the claims of the professor at a university in the Punjab region of India stating that when she went to the office to apply for the visa, she was asked uncomfortable questions.

According to India Today, a staff member questioned the professor during the appointment about the reason for her visit to Lahore. The official's response was further stated as follows: “I wish to visit Lahore to photograph the monuments and write on them and also visit a university where I was invited to deliver a lecture.”

The academic reportedly claimed that when was about to leave the mission office, another official started asking uncomfortable personal questions.

 “He asked me why I wasn’t married. How do I live without marriage, what do I do for my sexual desires,” the woman was quoted by India Today as saying.

Reacting the allegations, FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch criticised the timing and the manner in which the issue was raised.  

"We attach high importance to proper etiquette and behaviour towards all visa and consular applicants. All our diplomatic staff is under strict instructions to conduct themselves professionally," she said.

She said that the misbehaviour and mistreatment of "individuals visiting our missions" would not be tolerated at all.

“There are robust mechanisms in place for redressal of all public grievances," she said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
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 58.60 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 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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