Saudi Shias to honour bombing victims in mass funeral

Sarfraz Ali 05:17 PM | 25 May, 2015
Saudi Shias to honour bombing victims in mass funeral
QATIF (Web Desk) - Saudi Arabia’s Shias prepared a mass funeral Monday for the victims of Friday’s mosque bombing that authorities described as an attempt by Sunni extremists to fan sectarian strife.

Organisers said they expected huge crowds to turn out in the mainly Shia Qatif district of eastern province to show their respects for the 21 dead, including two children.

Everybody “is very much anxious to participate... to express their support,” one organiser said, conditioning anonymity.

Friday’s suicide bombing, during the weekly Muslim prayers in Kudeih village, was the second mass killing of Shias in the kingdom since last year.


In November, gunmen killed seven Shias in the town of Al-Dalwa.

Asked whether he feared a new attack during the funeral, the organiser said: “Nobody can predict anything. We have taken all precautions in coordination with local authorities.”

He added that tens of thousands of people had volunteered to act as crowd marshals for the three-hour ceremony.

He said safety concerns had prompted organisers to ask women to stay away from the funeral but that a separate area had been set up for them to offer condolences after the burials.

The Islamic State group said it carried out the bombing, the first time the militants, who control swathes of neighbouring Iraq and Syria, had claimed an attack in the kingdom.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the bomber, a Saudi national, had links with IS, which considers Shias infidels.

It was the deadliest attack in years in Saudi Arabia and King Salman vowed on Sunday that anyone with the slightest involvement in the “heinous crime” would be punished.

The custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said he was heartbroken over the Qatif suicide bombing. He warned that the perpetrators, supporters and sympathizers of Friday’s massacre would be brought to justice.

However, Saudi bloggers are calling for a new law that would prosecute those who promote racial and sectarian discrimination. They also urged the government to ban websites and channels that promote extremism and deviant ideology.

Most of the kingdom's Shias live in the east, where the vast majority of the kingdom's oil reserves lie but where Shias have long complained of marginalisation.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Gulf neighbours joined a US-led air campaign against IS in Syria last year, raising concerns about possible retaliation in the kingdom.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 21, 2023

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 March 21, 2023 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.15 286.15
Euro EUR 298.5 301.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 340.5 344
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.54 757.54
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.5 209.5
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.9 36.25
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.88 925.88
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.6
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 732.14 740.14
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.42 78.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.5 209.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.25 307.78
Thai Bhat THB 8.26 8.41

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 21 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,500.  

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.  

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 204,700 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390


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