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

Haider Ali 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.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

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 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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