Pakistan's flag to fly at half-mast to mourn victims of New Zealand terror attacks

08:23 PM | 17 Mar, 2019
Pakistan's flag to fly at half-mast to mourn victims of New Zealand terror attacks
ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the national flag would fly at half-mast on Monday to mourn the killing of 50 people, including nine Pakistani nationals, in Friday's deadly attack at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch city.

Addressing a news conference on Sunday, the foreign minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan took the decision regarding the national flag to fly at half-mast at all the national buildings.

The prime minister also announced to posthumously confer national award on martyred Mian Naeem Rashid on Pakistan Day (March 23) to recognize his courage as he tried to overpower the white supremacist terrorist to save others from his killing spree.

The foreign minister said that nine Pakistani nationals had been confirmed martyred in the deadly incident with one more being in critical condition and treated at hospital. Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in New Zealand Moazam Shah was in contact with his family, he added.

Qureshi said the government was also in contact with the families of those martyred in the Christchurch attack here in Pakistan.

He said Member of the National Assemnly Ali Khan Jadoon was in contact with the family of Naeem Rashid in Abbottabad while another parliamentarian was assisting the grieving families in Karachi. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua also visited the family of a victim in Islamabad, he added.

The foreign minister said during telephonic conversation with his Turkish counterpart, it has been decided to convene an emergency meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on March 22 in Istanbul.

He said Turkey being the chair of the OIC floated the idea of convening the session and Pakistan seconded it. The meeting would express solidarity with the New Zealand attack victims, besides mulling to devise a strategy to address the root causes of growing Islamophobia in the West and its implications for the Muslims around the world.

Qureshi said in telephonic conversation with New Zealand’s foreign minister, the latter told that the identification of bodies had been completed and the process of their handing over to respective families would begin on Monday.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand was extending all out support to the affected Pakistani nationals, he added.

He said the families of six martyred Pakistanis wanted to bury their dear ones in New Zealand while those of the rest three desired to bring the bodies back to Pakistan.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
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 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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