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Biden shies away from discussing human rights situation in India with Modi in White House talks

12:59 PM | 23 Jun, 2023
Biden shies away from discussing human rights situation in India with Modi in White House talks
Source: White House (Twitter)

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden avoided discussing human rights abuses being committed in Indian against minorities in crucial talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite protests outside the White House. 

Biden held a joint press conference after the meeting and surprisingly it was dominated by the boosting of US-India bilateral ties as there were a few remarks about rights situation. 

The US president termed religious pluralism a “core principle” for both India and the US and said democratic values “face challenges around the world and in each of our countries”.

When a reporter asked what is “your message to those — including some members of your own party — who believe that your administration is overlooking the targeting of religious minorities and a crackdown on dissent in India?” the president beat about the brush instead of directly condemning the rights violations. 

He said: “Well, look, the Prime Minister and I had a good discussion about democratic values. And — and there is a — there is the — that’s the nature of our relationship: We’re straightforward with each other, and — and we respect each other”.

Meanwhile, Modi denied that discrimination against minorities existed under his government despite reports released by the rights groups and State Department about abuses in India. 

When asked what steps he is willing to take to "improve the rights of Muslims and other minorities in your country and to uphold free speech," Modi suggested they did not need to be improved.

"Our Constitution and our government, and we have proved democracy can deliver. When I say deliver - caste, creed, religion, gender, there is no space for any discrimination (in my government)," Modi told reporters.

In reports on human rights and religious freedom, the State Department have raised concerns over treatment of Muslims, Hindu Dalits, Christians and other religious minorities in India.

Rights advocates and dozens of lawmakers from the Democratic Party had urged him to take up the issue publicly with Modi, who is in power since 2014.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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