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US lawmakers approach Blinken to exert pressure on Pakistan amid human rights violations

10:32 AM | 18 May, 2023
US lawmakers approach Blinken to exert pressure on Pakistan amid human rights violations
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WASHINGTON – Over four dozen United States lawmakers have written a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighting issues related to human rights violations in Pakistan.

In their letter, US lawmakers asked Mr Blinken to exert pressure on the Islamabad as human rights situation worsened under the incumbent setup. It was learnt that the letter was written with the efforts of the Pakistani-American Political Action Committee (PAKPAC).

The development comes days after the surprise arrest of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf chairman Imran Khan which caused nationwide protests in which thousands of his supporters ransacked civil and military installations.

In the letter, US lawmakers maintained that the Pakistani-American community flagged human rights violations, demanding action to protect democratic institutions, an independent judiciary, and freedom of the press.

A senior official of the Pakistani-American Political Action Committee stressed the significance of bipartisanship during this critical period and further highlights the need for Washington to ask Pakistan to stop its democratic backsliding. Safeguarding the Rule of law, human rights, freedom of speech, and press freedom are of paramount importance, it said.

Reports suggest that Congress members were lauded for their leadership and dedication to democracy and human rights by signing the letter.

The recent development comes as PTI chief Imran Khan said the law enforcers have surrounded his house to potentially arrest him again. On Wednesday, Punjab caretaker government claimed the former premier was sheltering dozens of people, who allegedly attacked state and military property.

Khan, 70, who denies the allegations, was given an ultimatum until 2pm today to hand over the suspects.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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