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Richard Olson: Ex-US envoy to Pakistan sentenced to three years probation over misdemeanours

02:47 PM | 16 Sep, 2023
Richard Olson: Ex-US envoy to Pakistan sentenced to three years probation over misdemeanours

Former United States Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Olson fell from grace as he made headlines after being guilty of violating ethics laws in a high-level case that revealed his extramarital affair and alleged gifts he received during his career.

Olson, once a known distinguished diplomat, has now been sentenced to 3 years of probation over the weekend for violating US federal ethics laws.

The court also slapped him with a fine of $93,400 for misusing his position for personal gains.

The former diplomat with over 30 plus years career in the foreign service was accused of helping the government of Qatar influence US policymakers shortly after stepping down from the State Department.

US Attorney’s Office said stern legislation restricts senior officials like Mr Olson from representing a foreign government before any federal agency or from aiding or advising a foreign entity with the intent to influence the US government for one year after leaving their positions.

The statement said Olson, who even served in United Nations, and UAE, concealed illegal activities, including removing emails and giving false statement Federal Investigators.

Mr Olson further got illegal favors and benefits from Pakistani-American businessman Imaad Zuberi. The man, who is facing several charges, paid $25,000 to Mr Olson’s alleged girlfriend Muna Habib to help pay her University fees and for first class travel for envoy to attend a job interview in British capital.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
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 58.6 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 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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