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Application seeking blasphemy case against missing activists filed in Islamabad

03:00 PM | 16 Jan, 2017
Application seeking blasphemy case against missing activists filed in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD - An application for registering a blasphemy case against the four missing activists under the section 295-C has been filed in federal capital's I-9 police station.

The application submitted by Muhammad Tahir, the chairman of "Civil Society of Pakistan," alleges that the missing activists including Salman Haider and Waqas Goraya had been hosting Facebook pages with inflammatory and blasphemous content.

Blasphemy FIR against missing activists

The petitioner has engaged advocate Tariq Asad for the case. Tariq Asad has also been an advocate for Lal Masjid's Maulvi Aziz against the former president Pervez Musharaf over Lal Masjid operation.

Earlier, advocate and human rights activist Jibran Nasir had also submitted an application to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for the recovery of Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, and Ahmed Raza Naseer.

In his petition, Jibran had stated that "the page called Pakistan Defence which has a following of more than 7 million has accused these activists of blasphemy against the Quran and the Holy Prophet."

Jibran also urged the government to arrest the admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’, a Facebook forum which claims to be the “internet’s most authoritative source for news and discussions on Pakistan military."

“The government must arrest admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’ page and bring them to court for inciting violence against missing activists,” Jibran said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/MJibranNasir/status/818492854276423680

Talking to Daily Pakistan, Jibran Nasir said that "all we know is that bloggers and social media activists are missing and the page called  Bhensa was running blasphemous content."

"Now why are the missing activists being associated with Bhensa? What proof is there of this association? How did Pakistan Defence page get this intelligence? Does the page know who abducted these activists?" Jibran added.

Jibran maintained that people have a fixation with finding hidden agendas and imagining them when none can be found. "I was have been labelled pro-state and anti-state. At times I was called a Shia, then an Ahmadi and now an atheist. I was called closet "radical" as well when I criticised the extra-judicial killing of Malik Ishaq," Jibran said adding "tags and labels change depending on the causes I speak on and I am not the only one in Pakistan who suffers from this phenomenon. It appears it is too hard for people to comprehend the concept of rule of law and justice for all."

He said that the most troubling thing was that Pakistan Defence page which appears to support the military forces of Pakistan used the claims of one Abdullah Cheema on Orya Maqbool Jan's show as evidence of the missing activists committing blasphemy and being linked to him.

"Abdullah Cheema introduced himself as a member of a banned outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir which has a history of urging lower ranking military officers to stage a coup against generals like Pervez Musharraf, Ashfaq Kiyani and Raheel Sharif and establish self-styled Caliphate in Pakistan. For Hizb ut-Tahrir members to find support from pages like Pakistan Defence is not just ironic, it's tragic. It shows how misled and blinded we are with our misplaced notion of nationalism," Jibran held.

Talking to Daily Pakistan, Abdullah, a spokesperson for Civil Society of Pakistan, said that Facebook pages including "Bhensa" and "Roshni" were spreading hate speech under the garb of freedom of expression. "We firmly believe in freedom of expression but these blasphemous pages did not intend to initiate intellectual dialogues but deliberately posted hate and abuse against the prophet Muhammad (PBUH)," Abdullah held.

Abdullah further said that he could not comment on how it has been confirmed that the missing activists were the admins of the said pages. "I am not sure, but the board has taken the decision and similar claims were also made by the Facebook page called Pakistan Defence," he added.

Meanwhile, a campaign on social media by "Pakistan Defence" has called for blasphemy charges against Jibran Nasir and others who have been speaking against the alleged abductions.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

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)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

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.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
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

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