'Grossly out of context': Comedian Sami Shah denies Daily Mail's article accusing him of 'escaping Pakistan'

11:58 AM | 24 Aug, 2017
'Grossly out of context': Comedian Sami Shah denies Daily Mail's article accusing him of 'escaping Pakistan'
CANBERRA - After a Daily Mail's article said he was feeling lucky to escape Pakistan, the comedian has unequivocally denied having said any such thing, accusing the publication of not approaching him for a quote.

Clarifying his stance on Twitter, Sami Shah asserted that he never declared that he 'escaped Pakistan' but migrated to Australia on a work visa.

"I'm getting tired of The Daily Mail trying to make me out to be what I'm not," the comedian said, adding that they both have visited Pakistan frequently since moving there.

"My book isn't just about my being an atheist, it's mostly about how varied and nuanced the Muslim community in Australia is and is recommended for anyone hoping to learn more about the fascinating Muslims in this wonderful country I now call home. Pauline Hanson hates it btw. And the descriptions in the article are grossly out of context."

"Not once has the Daily Mail contacted me for a quote, asked me for my opinion, or tried to fact check anything it's written. Each time there have been vague summaries and exaggerations of my work and life, to fit a sensationalist narrative, that is being encouraged by all your likes, comments, and shares. Please, even if the Daily Mail won't show any maturity, the rest of us can," Shah concluded.

The article titled 'Ex-Muslim couple say they are lucky to have left Pakistan' which became one of the top-trending items on social media on Wednesday cited the family saying that they were happy to 'escape' Pakistan which could have otherwise executed them.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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