Hajra Khan’s book on ‘dark experience’ with Imran Khan set for launch this week

03:14 PM | 22 Nov, 2023
Hajra Khan’s book on ‘dark experience’ with Imran Khan set for launch this week
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ISLAMABAD – Hajra Khan Panezai, a Pakistani television and film actor, is set to launch the original version of her book written back in 2014 that carries some explosive allegations against former prime minister Imran Khan.

The memoir titled “WHERE THE OPIUM GROWS: Surviving Pakistan as a Woman, an Actress And Knowing Imran Khan” is available on Amazon but the writer in a recent podcast said it is a sanitized version.

Panezai, who made her television debut in 2009 with Geo’s drama “Buri Aurat” and also appeared in film titled Pinky Memsaab in 2018, hails from Quetta, Balochistan.

The foreword about the book, which is available on the Amazon site, says: “This is a stunning memoir of one woman's escape from a deprived region of Pakistan, Quetta, known for opium trade and influx of refugees post-Soviet war, to becoming a successful actress, capturing the attention of the country's most eminent figure, Imran Khan. Hajra Panezai's brave account of surviving abuse as a child, to her trials finding love and a compassionate purpose in life provides a rare insight into what being a modern, sensuous, thinking woman in 21st century Pakistan means today. 'Where the Opium Grows' is a brutally honest, page-turning read from a rebellious woman, seeking justice for all women, minorities, animals, gays and all those denied rights in Pakistan - an unassuming woman who refused to be silenced”.

The “organic version” of the book will be launched at Serena Hotel, Islamabad, on November 24.

In the podcast, she said the book was written in 2014 in London after taking a break from showbiz. “It is my biography starting from her childhood to days in entertainment industry”.

She explained how she was chased by a popular person, adding that he was misused by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief, who is currently in jail in the cipher case, calling it a “dark experience”.

She claimed that she was forced to leave the country by Imran Khan in 2014 as he was afraid of being exposed by her. She alleged that her social media accounts were also hacked by the PTI chief through his team.

She said it was her bad experience with that person [Imran Khan] and that ruined her career. Hajra said she was not the first person to make some claims, adding: “Whether everyone is telling lies”.

Saying “I have no political agenda since the book was written in 2014,” she urged the people to open their eyes and stop regarding the PTI chief as a saviour of country. “I have judged in 2014 that this [Imran Khan] is a wrong number,” she concluded.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
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 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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