Turbat killings: SC grills top civilian investigation agency over 'ignorance'

01:41 PM | 14 Dec, 2017
Turbat killings: SC grills top civilian investigation agency over 'ignorance'
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's top court on Thursday censured the Federal Investigation Agency for its 'obliviousness' to the killing of 15 people in Turbat, Balochistan last month.

The bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from Gorek area of Turbat district of Balochistan in November by the Levies officials while five more had turned up near the same area a few days later. The victims belonged to Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot and other parts of Punjab, and had been lured into entry into Greece through Iran and Turkey for the sake of employment.

During a suo-moto hearing, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar questioned the role of agencies - in particular the FIA's - in dealing with the cases of human trafficking in the country.

The apex court grilled the FIA director general, Balochistan's chief secretary and advocate general of Pakistan regarding the shocking incident that brought shame to the country. The deceases were being smuggled to Europe via Iran.

"Are incidents like these a matter of pride for the institutions, agencies and the nation?' the CJP asked.

He also questioned why the agencies of the country were unaware of the gruesome killings and what FIA was doing to thwart such incidents.

"Do you even realise the trauma these victim families have suffered of losing their loved ones?" he asked.

When the FIA chief informed the court of lack of resources and tools to investigate such crimes, the chief justice remarked: “If you do not have the resources, accept that you cannot do anything. Should we remain silent after hearing complaints of lack of resources?”

The chief justice also remarked that the FIA DG should admit failure over human smuggling. “Preventing a crime before it happens is the real skill,” the top judge asserted.

The DG FIA claimed that a terrorist organisation had killed 20 people on ethnic grounds, adding that international gangs also operate in Iran and Turkey besides Pakistan.

The CJP continued that in his opinion the DG FIA had the solution to this issue but hastened to add that the suspects who had been arrested and sent to jail would be released on bail.

The judge said the court could not stay silent just because of lack of resources and asked the FIA chief to give the assurance that a similar incident would not take place in the future.

"Preventing the crime before it takes place is the real skill," he remarked and added that the judiciary was ready to lend its shoulder for FIA to prove its efficiency.

Chief Justice Nisar asked him to provide assurance that such an incident won’t happen again, adding that the judiciary was ready to lend its shoulder in support.

Meanwhile, the Balochistan chief secretary informed the court that all agencies were coordinating on the matter of human smuggling. “Extremists have been confined to two districts in Balochistan due to action by the agencies,” he claimed.

The court then asked the FIA head and Balochistan government to submit a new report containing details about human smuggling and adjourned the hearing until the first week of February.


Pakistani rupee recovers against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.

Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 5 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 309 312
UK Pound Sterling GBP 360 363.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.5 78.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.9 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.72 765.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.59 41.99
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.46 36.81
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.11 931.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.27 78.97
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Swiss Franc CHF 327.65 330.15
Thai Bhat THB 8.16 8.31

Gold Rates in Pakistan - Check today gold price - 5 December 2023

The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 5 December 2023

On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330. 

Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Karachi PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Islamabad PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Peshawar PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Quetta PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Sialkot PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Attock PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Gujranwala PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Jehlum PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Multan PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Bahawalpur PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Gujrat PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Nawabshah PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Chakwal PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Hyderabad PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Nowshehra PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Sargodha PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Faisalabad PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720
Mirpur PKR 218,500 PKR 2,720


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