Peshawar police arrests man behind conspiracy to sabotage countrywide anti-polio campaign

Web Desk 11:00 AM | 23 Apr, 2019
Peshawar police arrests man behind conspiracy to sabotage countrywide anti-polio campaign
PESHAWAR – After an attempt to sabotage the countrywide anti-polio vaccination drive was exposed, the police in Peshawar has made an arrest of a man mainly involved in creating panic by faking the illness and hospitalization of children in Mashokhel village.

According to details, videos went viral on the social media revealed the truth behind the propaganda, which created panic and misinformation among parents amid the anti-polio campaign, resulting in the damage of Mashokhel Hospital.

The social media videos exposed the man, identified as Muhammad Nazar, who instructed some young boys in madrassa uniform to fake to be ill and pretend to be unconscious on hospital beds. The children can be seen, following his orders in the video.

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Another video depicted the same man spreading fake and baseless news of deaths of children amid ongoing anti-polio vaccination.

Earlier on Monday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government launched a three-day anti-polio drive to administer the oral anti-polio vaccine to children with a range of five years of age.

The campaign was launched after the polio eradication programme had confirmed the presence of active poliovirus in the sewage of 12 big cities of the country. Thousands of polio workers were tasked to visit schools and madrassas in the province.

In the midst of the campaign, the news of around 40 children from a school in Mashokhel village complaining diarrhea, nausea and headache after being administered anti-polio drops spread like wildfire in Peshawar and nearby areas.

Owing to the news, panicked parents started rushing their children to hospitals, the Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital and the Hayatabad Medical Complex were soon flooded with anxious parents bringing in their children.

Despite assurances from the authorities that the anti-polio vaccine was completely safe, the furious protestors (mainly parents) set ablaze a local hospital in Peshawar. The protestors gathered outside Mashokhel Hospital and broke down the main gate and damaged the property of the hospital.

The Peshawar police have arrested the man mainly involved in spreading lies in the videos and launched a crackdown against 12 other suspects accused of vandalising property and sabotaging the anti-polio campaign.

On Monday, a countrywide campaign to administer anti-polio drops to children by five years of age has commenced.

National Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme Dr Rana Safdar said that the anti-polio drive would target 39 million children across Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

He urged the people to cooperate with polio teams to administer drops to safeguard their children against this crippling disease.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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