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Fact check: Has Dr Aafia Siddiqui passed away inside a US prison?

Pakistan’s consul general in Houstan issues statement

02:27 PM | 15 Oct, 2022
Fact check: Has Dr Aafia Siddiqui passed away inside a US prison?
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HOUSTAN – Pakistan’s Consul General in Texas has trashed rumours about the death of incarcerated neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui in US prison.

The development comes hours after unverified reports of Dr. Aafia’s death went viral on social media as this is not the first time for such hoaxes.

Following the rumours, the Consul General of Pakistan in Houston met Dr Aafia in jail for hours. On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MOFA – approached her sister, Dr. Fauzia, for a word.

Express News reported that Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, has not been in contact with any of her family members for the last couple of years.

She also earlier refused to meet the consul general for processing her mercy petition. Siddiqui, who allegedly went missing before she was discovered in Afghanistan, was assaulted by an inmate in prison last year.

An independent advocacy organisation claimed that the inmate smashed a coffee mug filled with hot liquid into her face.

The Pakistani scientist was detained for working for terror outfit however her family members and campaigners oppose the claims.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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