CIA finds Saudi Crown Prince MBS to be behind Khashoggi's killing: reports

Mahmood Idrees 10:39 AM | 17 Nov, 2018
CIA finds Saudi Crown Prince MBS to be behind Khashoggi's killing: reports

WASHINGTON - In a major development in the journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing probe, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be behind the murder in Istanbul, US media reported, citing sources.

The US assessment contradicts the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing of the journalist.

The Washington Post broke the story on Friday, stating: "The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally".

The CIA, in the probe, found that a team comprising 15 Saudi agents reached Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, inside the Saudi consulate, it added.

The investigators examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call held between MBS's brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, and the journalist.

The media outlet, citing sources close to the investigation, said Khalid told Khashoggi that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.

It is yet unclear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be murdered in the consulate.

On October 2, Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancee when he was killed. The murder has sparked outrage among Riyadh’s Western allies and Turkey as well.

US President Donald Trump had said he wanted to get to the bottom of the case, highlighting Riyadh’s role as an ally against Iran and Islamist militants.

However, the Kingdom has denied the reported findings of the CIA. The country has repeatedly changed its stance over the killing as in its latest version the Saudi prosecutor on Thursday claimed that the team of country's agents was formed to bring back the journalists "by means of persuasion" — but instead ended up killing him in a "rogue" operation.

Khalid bin Salman Denies The Washington Post Claims

The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, requested information from the US government to prove the claims, stating that he had a telephonic conversation with the journalist before his death.

In a tweet on Friday, the ambassador reiterated what he had mentioned to the American daily newspaper about the last interaction he had with the late Saudi citizen, which was via text.

In a second tweet, he called the newspaper's claim “a serious accusation that should not be left to anonymous sources”.

Meanwhile, the US spy agency also said: "The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him [MBS] being aware or involved," the Post quoted an official as saying.

The New York Times later reported that the CIA assessments were based on calls from the agents' team to a close aide of the crowon prince.

While the intercepts showed Prince Mohammed was trying woo Khashoggi to come back to Saudi Arabia, the crown prince had not said in the calls that he wanted the journalist killed.

The NYT cited officials as saying US and Turkish intelligence as of yet has not found direct evidence connecting the prince to Khashoggi's killing.

On Nov 16, the US had sanctioned 17 Saudi nationals for their alleged role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The list includes a former top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi.



Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on April 01, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on April 01 , 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 77.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.5
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 754.25 762.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
China Yuan CNY 41.16 41.56
Danish Krone DKK 41.49 41.89
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.3
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.86 933.86
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.14 64.73
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.37 178.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.16 27.46
Omani Riyal OMR 736.57 144.51
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR


Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 27.35 27.65
Swiss Franc CHF 310.26


Thai Bhat THB 8.29 8.44

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 01 April 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 209,000 on Saturday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs179,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Karachi PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Islamabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Peshawar PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Quetta PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sialkot PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Attock PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujranwala PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Jehlum PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Multan PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Bahawalpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujrat PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nawabshah PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Chakwal PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Hyderabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nowshehra PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sargodha PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Faisalabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Mirpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525


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