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Canadian man convicted of murdering Pakistani family in Ontario

11:17 AM | 17 Nov, 2023
Canadian man convicted of murdering Pakistani family in Ontario
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Nathaniel Veltman, a Canadian man, has been found guilty of murdering four members of the Pakistani family in Ontario, by deliberately running them over with his car on June 6, 2021.

However, the jury’s decision did not specify if his actions were motivated by terrorism.

This case marked the first instance where Canada’s terrorism laws were presented in a first-degree murder trial before a jury. The verdict, reached in less than six hours, was delivered by a 12-person jury, whose deliberations remain confidential under Canadian law.

The Afzaal family, consisting of Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and Salman’s mother Talat Afzaal, 74, were fatally attacked. Their nine-year-old son survived but sustained serious injuries.

The courtroom in Windsor’s Superior Courthouse was filled as the guilty verdict was announced, evoking emotional responses from spectators, particularly members of London’s Muslim community and friends of the Afzaals.

Speaking outside the courtroom, the Afzaal family’s relatives expressed that while the verdict couldn’t bring their loved ones back, it did provide some comfort. They emphasized the need for ongoing efforts to combat hatred in all its forms in Canada.

Tabinda Bukhari, speaking on behalf of the family, stated, “This wasn’t just a crime against the Muslim community, but rather, an attack against the safety and security of all Canadians.”

The National Council of Muslims (NCCM) expressed relief that justice had been served and highlighted the profound impact the incident had on the Canadian Muslim community.

Prosecution and defense agreed that Veltman was indeed driving the vehicle that day. Despite pleading not guilty and citing mental illness, evidence revealed Veltman’s consumption of far-right and anti-Muslim content online, along with a document found by the police post-arrest.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
 
26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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