Pakistan arrests key suspect linked to Greece boat tragedy

12:40 PM | 20 Jun, 2023
Pakistan arrests key suspect linked to Greece boat tragedy
Source: Twitter

LAHORE – Punjab Police have arrested a prime suspect involved in the Greece shipwreck incident that has claimed several people, including Pakistanis.

The police announced the development on its Twitter handle, stating that the suspect, identified as Mumtaz Arain, was nabbed by the Vehari team. Important documents, mobile phones and other evidence recovered from the suspect have been taken into custody by police. 

IGP Punjab Usman Anwar said the suspect was arrested after 24-hour-long manhunt, adding that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other institutions were cooperating with police for the arrest of other suspects. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="ur" dir="rtl">وہاڑی پولیس کی کاروائی، انسانی اسمگلنگ میں ملوث اور یونان کشتی حادثہ کا مرکزی ملزم گرفتار۔ وہاڑی پولیس کی ٹیم نے 24 گھنٹے کی ان تھک محنت کے بعد ملزم کو گرفتار کیا۔ پنجاب پولیس ایف آئی اے اور دیگر اداروں کو ملزمان کی گرفتاری و تفتیش میں بھرپور تعاون فراہم کر رہی ہے ۔ آئی جی پنجاب… <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Punjab Police Official (@OfficialDPRPP) <a href="">June 20, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Meanwhile, the death toll of Pakistani migrants in last week's horrific shipwreck rose as authorities identified more dead bodies while hopes of rescue fade away.

Greek authorities continue to recover bodies in the aftermath of the heart-wrenching incident, as the actual number of dead people is said to be in the hundreds which makes it one of deadliest of its kind in recent times.

Most of the missing people are from Azad Kashmir, Gujranwala, and Gujrat cities. Meanwhile, scores of Sialkot and Mandi Bahauddin citizens are also among the missing persons.

As official numbers of deceased remain unknown, international media indicates that nearly 300 Pakistani citizens have been killed in the overcrowded trawler that sank near Greek coast. Amid the rescue, Greek authorities have drawn huge ire for how the disaster was handled.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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