World leaders who died in plane crashes!

09:38 PM | 21 May, 2024
World leaders who died in plane crashes!
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, whose death in a helicopter crash was announced on Monday, joins the list of major political leaders who have perished in aviation accidents. Here are some of the most notable:

2024: Former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera

On February 6, 2024, former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera (in office from 2010-2014 and 2018-2022) died in a helicopter crash at Lago Ranco, a vacation site 920 kilometers (570 miles) south of Santiago.

2010: Poland's President Lech Kaczyński

On April 10, 2010, a Tupolev 154 carrying 96 people, including Polish President Lech Kaczyński and senior political and military figures, crashed while attempting to land in thick fog near Smolensk in western Russia. There were no survivors. The crash was attributed to bad weather and errors by Polish pilots and Russian air traffic controllers.

2005: Rebel Leader Turned Sudanese Vice-President John Garang

On July 30, 2005, John Garang, the former separatist rebel leader who became vice-president of Sudan, died when his helicopter crashed in Sudan on a return flight from Uganda.

2004: Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski

Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski was killed along with eight others when his plane crashed on February 26, 2004, while preparing to land in thick fog in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar.

1994: Presidents Juvénal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi

On April 6, 1994, a Falcon 50 transporting Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down over Kigali by at least one missile. The attack is considered the spark that triggered the genocide of Tutsis, resulting in at least 800,000 deaths, according to the United Nations.

1988: Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq

On August 17, 1988, Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq was among the victims of a plane crash near Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan.

1986: Mozambican President Samora Machel

On October 19, 1986, Mozambique's first president, Samora Machel, died when his Tupolev 134 crashed in northeastern South Africa.

1961: UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld

On September 17 or 18, 1961, a plane carrying UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) while he was attempting to negotiate a ceasefire between warring factions in the former Belgian Congo. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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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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