Carrying 'naswar' to Iraq can land Pakistani visitors in jail, say officials

12:26 PM | 19 May, 2018
Carrying 'naswar' to Iraq can land Pakistani visitors in jail, say officials
PESHAWAR – Pakistani visitors have been advised not to carry naswar, the powdered tobacco snuff, to Iraq as it can land travellers in trouble.

Pakistan’s embassy in Baghdad sent a letter to the director general Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Karachi, stating that Iraqi officials have reportedly arrested several Pakistani nationals at airports for possessing naswar after mistaking it for drugs.

The arrested persons were later freed by the authorities, the letter said, adding that carrying naswar caused problems for passengers as they are put in jails until the test of the material for drugs is conducted.

“In the meantime, visas of many Pakistanis also expired thus it hindered Pakistani Zaireen [pilgrims visiting holy shrines in Iraq] besides defaming the country,” the letter, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, read.

The embassy has requested the CAA to install warning boards in Urdu language at all airports, asking people not to carry such items to Iraq, to avoid such an embarrassing situation.

The officials of the mission in Iraq also requested the officials concerned to instruct visitors to carry a medical prescription duly translated in Arabic to enable them to carry the medicines.

Naswar is an addictive substance mostly used by Pashtuns in or outside Pakistan. It is, sometimes, taken from Pakistan to Gulf countries or sometimes prepared abroad.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
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 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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