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Islamabad police officer jailed for selling classified documents to foreign ambassador

03:20 PM | 18 May, 2024
Islamabad police officer jailed for selling classified documents to foreign ambassador
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ISLAMABAD – A special court established under the Official Secrets Act sentenced an official of the Islamabad police to three years in jail for providing classified documents to a foreign ambassador.

Judge Tahir Abbas Sipra announced verdict after Islamabad Police ASI Zahoor Ahmed found guilty in the case. The identity of the foreign ambassador has not been revealed. 

The special court judge announced the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides. Zahoor Ahmed was arrested from the courtroom after the verdict in the case.

Earlier this week, the federal government decided to register cases against people who are involved in the unauthorised dissemination of sensitive and classified information.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif revealed it on Monday in a social media post, stating that the government has taken strict notice of such incidents. The move comes after classified documents, especially those labeled as secret, surfaced on social media platforms.

He lamented that dissemination of such secret information can seriously damage Pakistan's relations with its friends and brotherly countries. He added that such activities could also harm Pakistan's strategic and economic interests.

He said all elements who are directly or indirectly involved in the dissemination of secret information or documents will be booked under the Official Secrets Act 2023.

He said that the punishment for spreading classified information is two years imprisonment and fine.

Last week, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif granted approval to regulate social sites by amending PECA (Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act) Act 2016 and establishing the Digital Rights Protection Agency.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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