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Switzerland denies citizenship to Muslim couple for refusing a handshake

10:41 PM | 18 Aug, 2018
Switzerland denies citizenship to Muslim couple for refusing a handshake
BERN – Switzerland has denied citizenship to a Muslim couple over signs of supposedly incompatible cultural differences.

The town’s municipality said it refused to grant the couple’s citizenship application over their lack of respect of gender equality after they refused to shake hands with people of opposite gender.

The couple, who were interviewed months ago, also struggled to answer questions by members of the opposite sex.

Swiss authorities say aspiring citizens must be well integrated into the Swiss community and demonstrate an attachment to Switzerland, its institutions and a respect for the Swiss legal order.

The authorities have not revealed the ethnicity of the couple but local media said were North African.

The couple had failed to meet citizenship criteria when they applied in the city of Lausanne.

They was not asked about their faith, authorities said, though their religion seemed apparent, local media reported.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/viral/muslim-woman-quits-job-after-being-pushed-to-shake-hands-with-male-co-workers/

This is not the first time refusing handshakes have stirred controversy in the European country.

Days ago a Swedish Muslim woman won compensation after a job interview was ended when she refused to shake hands.

In 2016, a Swiss school decided to exempt two Muslim boys from shaking both male and female teachers' hands after they refused to shake hands with a female teacher.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair

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Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

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Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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