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Saudi court rules no compensation for victims of Makkah crane crash

Mahmood Idrees 02:10 PM | 23 Oct, 2017
Saudi court rules no compensation for victims of Makkah crane crash
JEDDAH — A Summary Court in Makkah has ruled that no compensation will be given to the victims of the  2015 Makkah crane crash in the Grand Mosque that had left 108 people dead.

The court said that the company, Binladen Group, will not give any diyyah (blood money) to the families of dead and injured persons, and compensation against damages to the mosques as the accident was happened due to natural reasons and no human element was involved in it, Saudi Gazette reported.

Earlier, the court has cleared the 13 staff members of the company, who had been accused of negligence. However, the Attorney General raising concerns vowed to challenged the verdict.

It is in the law that the court ruling will be considered final if it is not challenged within 30 days.

In September 2015,  the horrific incident happened after a giant crane, one of the cranes installed for expansion of the Grand Mosque, crashed on pilgrims killing 108 people and leaving 238 injuring.

Later, King Salman visited the mosque and ordered the company to pay the compensation to the victims.  The king had ordered to pay SR 1million to the family of dead and SR500,000 to injured. He also suspended the company for any new projects.

While announcing the verdict, the judge the court has reached the decision after thoroughly examining all reports regarding technical, engineering, mechanical and geophysical aspects. The court also reviewed the report of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment that states that incident happened due to heavy rains and thunderstorm.

Saudi Gazette quoted the court ruling as, “The crane was in an upright, correct and safe position. There was no error committed by the accused who took all the necessary safety precautions”.

The court further added that the Attorney General failed to produce solid evidence that the company did not follow safety rules.

The crane was erected in the Grand Mosque for over two years following the approval of authorities concerned, it added.

Around 15 Pakistanis, 23 Egyptians, one Afghan, one Algerian, 6 Malaysian, 25 Iranian, 25 Bangladeshi and 10 Indian pilgrims were among those who had lost their lives in the accident.

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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 February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360

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