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Operation underway in Bannu as TTP militants take over CTD compound

Terrorists take CTD center in Bannu hostage

12:16 PM | 19 Dec, 2022
Operation underway in Bannu as TTP militants take over CTD compound

PESHAWAR – At least one Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) official was martyred while several were injured after TTP militants took over a CTD compound and held the officials hostage in Bannu. 

Amid the hostage situation, officials said a security operation against the militants is underway and would be completed soon.

The provincial administration of the country’s northwestern region claimed that prisoners snatched weapons from interrogators and helped release other inmates, ruling out reports of militants' intrusion in Bannu Cantonment.

Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – a week after ending ceasefire, and increasing attacks on security forces, said prisoners had taken several army officers and the staff hostage at the compound.

TTP also rejected reports claiming that prisoners were seeking safe passage to Afghanistan as they mentioned going to Waziristan, saying the Pakistani government had not given a positive response in return.

It was reported that a senior police officer in Bannu said around 25 members of banned terrorist organisations were under arrest and interrogation at the CTD center when they took guns from seven security personnel on duty and took them hostage.

“Three injured policemen have been evacuated and transported to a hospital,” the officer said, adding that a number of personnel were still in a hostage situation.

Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, Special Assistant to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information, said no one had attacked the police station. Rather, some suspects in custody under suspicion of terrorism tried to snatch weapons from security personnel deployed on site.

“The situation is under complete control. Security forces have cordoned off the area,” he said, adding that an operation was underway and would be completed in a while.

ANP MPA Samar Haroon Bilour addressed the situation and said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was “on fire”.

“Police and civilians are totally like sitting ducks. How sad that those who have been ruling here for nine years cannot open their mouths. Those who can’t even condemn can never control that which they have imposed on us,” she said, referring to the PTI government.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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