Reflections on Iranian President's demise

04:53 PM | 21 May, 2024
Reflections on Iranian President's demise

In an unfortunate turn of events, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and several high-ranking officials have tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The incident occurred in the mountainous region of Azerbaijan, where poor weather conditions led to the crash. This tragic event has sent shockwaves through the nation, prompting emergency teams from Iran and various other countries to respond to the scene.

Turkey dispatched 32 mountain rescue specialists to assist in the search for the helicopter. Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Iraq have offered to support the search efforts, with Russia also aiding in the crash investigation. Additionally, the United Arab Emirates has offered its support.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Governor of East Azerbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, and other officials were also onboard. The convoy consisted of three helicopters, two of which landed safely on helipads, carrying Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian and Housing and Transportation Minister Mehrdad Bazrpash. This incident occurred while the officials were returning from East Azerbaijan, where President Raisi had inaugurated a dam project near the border between Iran and Azerbaijan.

Initially, State TV reported that the helicopter had crashed near Jolfa, a city situated on the border of Azerbaijan. However, subsequent updates indicated that the incident occurred farther east, near the village of Uzi. 

He was the 8th president of Iran, assumed office in 2021. Tragically, he passed away at the age of 63 due to this unfortunate event. He was a bold leader known for his unwavering stance against Israel. With his passing, according to Iranian constitution, the Vice President of Iran will step in as interim President and elections will take place within the next 50 days. Despite the change in leadership, experts suggest that the fundamental strategies implemented by Raisi are unlikely to shift, as they are deeply ingrained within Iran's political and clerical circles.

Amidst this, there are swirling rumors on social media speculating that his death might not have been an accident but a deliberate act. However, decisions should not be swayed by hearsay; concrete investigations must be conducted to unveil the truth. This is crucial for regional peace, especially considering the already precarious situation in the Middle East. It's imperative that this incident is not exploited to exacerbate tensions further.

The writer is a student of A Levels at Aitchison College. 


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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