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Israel denies role in Iran helicopter crash, which killed President Raisi

09:48 PM | 20 May, 2024
Israel denies role in Iran helicopter crash, which killed President Raisi
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An Israeli official stated on Monday that Israel had no involvement in the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and several members of his team.

"It wasn't us," the official, who requested anonymity, told a news agency.

While condolence messages have been pouring in for Raisi from around the world, including from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israel had not issued a formal statement acknowledging the incident as of 13:00 IST.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a staunch supporter of the country's supreme leader as well as Iran's uranium enrichment efforts and significant drone-and-missile attacks on Israel, passed away at the age of 63.

Raisi's unexpected death, along with Iran's foreign minister and other officials, occurred in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran on Sunday. This tragedy comes at a time when Iran is grappling with internal dissent and complex global relations.

Iran-Israel Conflict

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as supreme leader, has the final say on Iran's foreign policy. However, Raisi presided over a state that continued its confrontational stance toward adversaries, particularly the U.S. and Israel.

Since the war in Gaza began on October 7, 2023, Iran under Khamenei and Raisi maintained a delicate balance, supporting regional proxies against Israel and the United States while avoiding direct confrontation with these conventionally superior foes.

This balance was disrupted when, for the first time in history, Iran directly attacked Israel with drones and missiles in April, in retaliation for a strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

Israel, with support from the U.S., Britain, Jordan, and other allies, intercepted almost all the incoming projectiles. In response, Israel reportedly struck an air defense radar system in the Iranian city of Isfahan. While the strike caused no casualties, it sent a clear message.

The two countries have engaged in a shadow war of covert operations and cyberattacks for years, but the exchange of fire in April marked their first direct military confrontation.

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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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