RIYADH – The attacker who attempted charging toward Imam’s pulpit in Grand Mosque claims to be the awaited Imam Mahdi, the initial investigations revealed Sunday.
The initial probe by Mecca police revealed that the attacker, who is in his 40s, is a Saudi citizen who claimed to be the awaited ‘Imam Mahdi’.
The public prosecution was notified of the heinous incident after which the Saudi officials launched a probe to discover the motives behind the event. The officials have also examined the mental health of the attacker.
In the released footage, the armed man was spotted charging towards the imam's pulpit during the Friday sermon but was detained by fast-acting security officers.
Let it be known that Imam Mahdi is an eschatological messianic figure who, according to Islamic belief, will appear at the end of times to rid the world of evil and injustice.
This is not the first time for any person to claim the title of modern Islamic reformer. In the year 1979, a man named Juhayman Al-Otaibi and his brother-in-law Mohammed Al-Qahtani, claimed to be the Mahdi.
The fake messiah took hundreds of pilgrims hostage at the Mecca Grand Mosque which and the siege lasted more than two weeks before security forces cleared the Kaaba.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.
On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Karachi||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Quetta||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Attock||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Multan||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|