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Hussain Haqqani slams Chinese deputy ambassador for 'undignified' trolling

12:04 AM | 17 Oct, 2018
Hussain Haqqani slams Chinese deputy ambassador for 'undignified' trolling
WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s former top diplomat to the US Hussain Haqqani has slammed China’s deputy ambassador in Islamabad Zhao Lijian for his “undignified” trolling after the ex-envoy shared a story about the Chinese government’s treatment of minority Uyghur Muslims.

Over the past few days, Haqqani has been involved in a public spat with Zhao which started over a tweet.

Haqqani, 62, tweeted a London Times article which said that “China demands the Uighur Muslims eat pork”.

Zhao, instead of responding to the shared article, criticised Haqqani for the tweet.

“Joke of the day. A person without soul and nationality is joining a groundless attack against China. What a pity!” he said.

Responding to the criticism, Haqqani said diplomatic courtesy usually required diplomats not to attack people of the country where they are serving and certainly not by attacking their patriotism towards their own country.

“I respect Zhao Lijian’s rights to defend China and China’s policies, but for him to act as a troll on behalf of those in Pakistan who called me names was very undignified,” Haqqani said on Monday.

The former envoy said Monday that he will continue to write, tweet and say what he believes.

“I am not somebody who is going to toe the line of either the Pakistani establishment, the civilian Pakistani government or Mr Zhao Lijian, who until a few months ago was known as Muhammad Zhao Lijian,” he said, adding that he had never met the Chinese diplomat.

Earlier, after Zhao questioned Haqqani’s nationality, the ex-envoy responded saying, “Pitiful act of the day: a Chinese diplomat who dropped ‘Muhammad’ from his name attacks me for tweeting an article rather than denying the article from the Times”.

“How much are they paying you? You’re lying like this and attacking China. I respected you as a former Ambassador, but no more from now on,” Zhao had hit back.

“I just tweeted an article from the London Times with a question mark. And the article said that Uighurs in a re-education camps in China were being forced to eat pork. It was a news story that has appeared in many other newspapers. He decided to attack me for tweeting it and by calling me a person without a nationality and a soul,” Haqqani said on Monday.

“Firstly, I do have a nationality and secondly, as far as having soul is concerned, I thought atheist didn’t believe in the notion of soul,” said Haqqani who is now associated with the Hudson Institute, a top American think-tank.

Over the past few days, the Chinese diplomat has been slammed on Twitter for attacking Haqqani and not responding to the news story on Uighurs.

“He’s a Pakistani national, which is a sovereign country. What kind of a diplomat gives out statements against the citizens of a host country? Kindly respond to the queries raised on your country’s policies without insulting Pakistani citizens. We are a nation with diverse views,” tweeted a user Marvi Sirmed.

“PRC ambassador to Pakistan attacking senior Hudson Institute researcher/former Pakistan ambassador to the US for retweeting story about PRC forcing Uighurs to eat pork,” tweeted another follower Matt Schrader.

Around one million minority Uighur Muslims have reportedly been sent into detention and indoctrination centres in Xinjing region during a surveillance and security campaign run by the Chinese government.

The Chinese Muslim community has resisted coercive “re-education” efforts by the authorities, which have progressively restricted religious minorities from observing the basic articles of their faith.

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he believes...life is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 15 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 15, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.50 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.5
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.7 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.8 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 311.9 314.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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