BLA militants claim responsibility for attack on former top judge
QUETTA – Former Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Mohammad Noor Meskanzai was shot and killed on Friday in the latest terror act in the country’s southwestern region.
Reports in local media said Meskanzai was attacked by terrorists when he was offering prayers in the Kharan district. Another family member of the retired judge was also critically injured in the attack.
The incident occurred at near deceased’s residence near Purana Ghazi Road while Baloch Liberation Army, a terror outfit that earlier claimed a deadly attack on Chinese citizens in Karachi, took responsibility for the killing.
Cops told media that Meskanzai succumbed to gunshot wounds while being treated at Frontier Corps Hospital in Kharan town. The victims were initially shifted to Divisional Headquarters Hospital in Kharan.
Meanwhile, law enforcers have launched a manhunt for attackers, who managed to escape from the site after the incident.
It was reported that Meskanzai, who also served as the chief justice of the Shariat Court, escaped a blast in the Reko Anjeri area of the Naushki district in 2015.
Balochistan Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo and Acting Governor Jan Mohammad Jamali and others condemned the incident while, Quetta Bar Association President announced a boycott of the courts along with mourning for three days.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|