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Who is Ebrahim Raisi? Iranian President who died in plane crash

09:28 AM | 20 May, 2024
Who is Ebrahim Raisi? Iranian President who died in plane crash

TEHRAN – Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, who was missing in a heli-crash near Azerbaijan border, is reportedly killed along with country's foreign minister and other senior officials.

The deceased President was known for his strong personality, academic background, conservative approach and deep roots in judiciary. A principlist politician, and seasoned jurist was touted to be likely successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - the country's supreme leader.

Raisi, 63, first contested for president in 2017 but remained unsuccessful. He however made it to the highest office in 2021.

If you look at his early life, Raisi started studying at Qom religious seminary at 15 and was educated by revered Muslim scholars. His father passed away when Raisi was just five years old. After intermediate education, he claimed to have received a Phd degree in private law.

He entered politics by serving as a prosecutor in various cities before becoming deputy prosecutor in Iranian capital. Raisi married Jamileh Alamolhoda, and have two daughters.

Iranian President was part of a committee that oversaw executions of political prisoners. He became Tehran's prosecutor in 1989 after the death of Iran’s first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

He became famous through the ranks under Ayatollah Khamenei, and become chairman of the Astan Quds Razavi, the largest religious endowment in Mashhad.

Raisi was known to have strong credentials in religious ties with both late Khomeini and Khamenei, who appointed him to several senior positions. He also holds good ties with government branches, millitary, legislative bodies, and the influential members of society.

Raisi led Tehran during a period of public discontent over declining living standards, partly due to sanctions and critics accusing the government of prioritizing defense over domestic issues.

Two years back, he was among government leaders who triggered public anger over death of Mahsa Amini in custody for allegedly not complying with hijab rules, sparking months of protests. The protests ended in mid-2023 after about 500 people were killed by security forces, according to human rights organizations, and seven people were executed for their roles in the unrest.

In recent times, Raisi led his country through a standoff with Tel Aviv and US over assault on Gaza. Iranian consular building in Damascus was attacked, killing seven people, including a top commander.

In retaliation, Iran launched a significant attack on April 15 involving missiles and drones, which was mostly intercepted by Israel. The rivalry between Tehran and Israel extends to Syria, where Israel has conducted multiple attacks targeting Iranian military capabilities.

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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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