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Pakistan to pay $2.5 million to families of Chinese engineers killed in Shangla suicide attack

12:25 AM | 24 May, 2024
Shangla suicide bombing
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved $2.5 million in compensation for the families of Chinese workers who were killed in a suicide attack in the Shangla District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in March this year.

On 26 March, five Chinese workers and their Pakistani driver were killed on their way to the Dasu hydropower project in northwestern Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Pakistan has promised to find those responsible for the attack and to improve security for Chinese workers and projects in the country. Earlier this month, the Pakistan army said the bomber was from Afghanistan and that the attack was planned there. However, the Taliban in Kabul deny this.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved the compensation, which includes $2.58 million and Rs. 2.5 million for the Ministry of Water Resources. Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb chaired the ECC meeting.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Mohsin Naqvi, said new safety procedures for Chinese nationals in Pakistan would be introduced soon.

The Dasu attack was the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan in just over a week. China has invested over $65 billion in energy, infrastructure, and other projects in Pakistan as part of its Belt and Road initiative.

The bombing on 26 March followed two other attacks: one on 20 March at a strategic port in Balochistan and another on 25 March at a naval air base, both claimed by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA).

Dasu has been attacked before, including a bus explosion in 2021 that killed 13 people, nine of them Chinese.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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