This tree has been under arrest for the past 118 years

01:45 PM | 17 Jun, 2016
This tree has been under arrest for the past 118 years
LANDI KOTAL (Web Desk) - You must have listened to the stories about humans being chained for wrongdoing but let us tell you a story about a tree that is "Under Arrest" from last 118 years.

Keeping humor aside, the flabbergasting story of a tree fettered in chains is a real one.

The Banyan tree that still stands tall in Khyber Agency has a tragic tale that gives us a glimpse of the colonial mindset.

The tree was put under arrest  in 1898, when a British army officer, James Squid, under the influence of alcohol, thought that the tree was moving towards him. Threatened by the tree's movement, the officer decided to teach a lesson to the offender and issued arrest warrants of the tree.

Board on the arrested tree
Source: Samaa Tv

And much to your surprise, not only warrants were issued, the multi-limbed banyan tree was physically arrested with chains.

Locals say that the captive tree is a symbol of the draconian British Raj Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) laws to teach resident a lesson about not obeying the British. The laws were drafted specifically for the purpose of countering Pashtun opposition to the British rule.

Although explorers don't miss a selfie with the punished tree but the story compels the locals and tourists alike to ponder upon the oppression of the British colonial rule, and appreciate the irony of the fact that the champions of human rights now have left such a brutal legacy in the places they ruled.

Source: Samaa TV

The writer is a civil servant.


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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