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'Saudi Crown Prince MBS responsible for Khashoggi's murder', US Senate passes resolution

Mahmood Idrees 11:45 AM | 14 Dec, 2018
'Saudi Crown Prince MBS responsible for Khashoggi's murder', US Senate passes resolution
WASHINGTON – In what amounted to a big jolt to the regime in Saudi Arabia and President Donald Trump, the US Senate on Thursday approved a resolution slamming Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The resolution, which states that the Senate believes the crown prince is responsible for the murder, will ramp up pressure on Trump. The president had refused to condemn the Saudi prince and rejected United States intelligence agencies’ conclusions that MBS directed the brutal killing.

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee presented the resolution in the Senate, showing significant development within Congress toward Saudi Arabia. It also “calls for the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure appropriate accountability for all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder."

If the Corker resolution also gets a go-ahead from the House of Representative, it will land on Trump's table forcing him to make a choice: Sign it and side with Congress or veto it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, had urged support for the resolution, stating, “does a good job capturing bipartisan concerns about both the war in Yemen, and the behavior of our Saudi partners."

On October 2, Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancee when he was killed. The murder has sparked outrage among Riyadh’s Western allies and Turkey as well.

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intrinsically involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi," CNN quoted Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as saying.

Just prior to approving the resolution about Khashoggi’s murder, the Senate also overwhelmingly passed a resolution by a 56-41 vote calling to end US military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen where thousands of people have become prey of the conflict.

The move aimed both at ending that war and slamming the Trump administration's handling of relations with the kingdom.

Seven Republican senators joined Democrats to pass the resolution: Mr. Lee, Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana, showing the Senate frustration.

Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, who moved the resolution, invoked the War Powers Act to attempt to end the US involvement in the Yemen war.

The act was invoked for the first time in the 45 years as it a 1973 law by which Congress sought at the end of the Vietnam War to reassert its constitutional role in deciding when the United States would go to war.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

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 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100

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