Arsalan Iftikhar mulls legal action against Pakistani channels for airing Jeddah airport footage

09:51 AM | 23 Mar, 2017
Arsalan Iftikhar mulls legal action against Pakistani channels for airing Jeddah airport footage
LONDON - Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has stated that he is planning to take legal action against television channels which aired the footage showing him and his father at Jeddah airport.

Arsalan in an exclusive interview to London-based journalist Mubeen Rasheed said on Wednesday that he was travelling on business class and an announcement was made for those travelling on business class to come forward.

'I was heading to London from Jeddah for attending a wedding ceremony and as announced, I and my father came in front of the gate as were travelling on business class but a boy shouted from the back and started filming the incident' said Arsalan Iftikhar.

'My father showed grace and said 'Let's leave it and walk' claimed Arsalan Iftikhar.

He maintained that they were travelling on Pakistani passports while fulfilling all the legalities. Arsalan termed the incident sad and observed that a new culture of video recording was emerging which was a serious case of privacy breach.

Arsalan urged PEMRA to play its role and said that he was planning to file a suit against Pakistani channels before London-based regulator Ofcom.

The tycoon maintained that scores of television channels aired the footage without taking his opinion about the incident. He felt annoyed at the privacy breach and expressed that Saudi administration should also take stern action against it.

'I would write a letter to Saudi embassy to take action as the incident happened on Saudi soil' noted Arsalan Iftikhar.

It may be mentioned here that a footage went viral on the internet on Wednesday showing former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry and his son Arsalan Iftikhar being advised not to break the queue while they were at Jeddah airport.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

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.

Euro currently 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 - 26 Feb 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 2.1 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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