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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.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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