Why Tahir-ul-Qadri announced another sudden return to Pakistan, and what he wants this time

02:17 PM | 15 Jun, 2016
Why Tahir-ul-Qadri announced another sudden return to Pakistan, and what he wants this time
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Renowned Islamic Scholar  and head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Tahirul Qadri on Wednesday announced a "grand protest" against the government.

Dr. Qadri, while talking to newsmen in Lahore shortly after arriving in Pakistan, said that the authorities had failed to deliver justice in the Model Town firing incident which claimed 14 lives.

"This is a protest as well as a sit-in. I will announce the details on June 17 at Mall Road," he said, as jubilant supporters of his party welcomed him.

"Two years have passed [since the killings]. No other example of this worst form of state terrorism can be found in Pakistan's history," he said.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek supremo reiterated his stance of state terrorism against his followers "This was no police encounter. This was a one-sided massacre perpetrated by the Governments of Pakistan and Punjab," he said.

Tahir ul Qadri expressed gratitude to Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif for "having the First Information Report (FIR) registered in the case."

Related: Tahirul Qadri back in Pakistan to lead June 17 sit-in

Dr Qadri said it was now the army chief's "responsibility to give justice to these oppressed people."

The Model Town incident in 2014 claimed 14 lives and injured over 100 people. It provided impetus for sit-ins by PAT in federal capital Islamabad that lasted for 67 days.

An anti-terrorism court last year indicted 46 suspects, among them police officials and PAT workers, in the Model Town firing case.




The writer is a civil servant.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
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 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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