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China calls for 'thorough investigation' into Bisham suicide bombing

07:30 PM | 26 Mar, 2024
Bisham suicide bombing
Source: TV screengrab

The suicide bombing, which killed five Chinese nationals and a Pakistani man in the Bisham Tehsil of Shangla District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, has prompted the Chinese authorities to call for a thorough investigation into the terror incident.  

According to a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan late Tuesday, “The Chinese embassy and consulates in Pakistan have immediately launched emergency work, demanding that the Pakistani side conduct a thorough investigation into the attack, severely punish the perpetrators and take practical and effective measures to protect the safety of Chinese citizens.”

An unidentified suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers who were on their way from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, said regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur. He said that five Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack.

Gandapur, who had reached the scene soon after the suicide bombing and launched relief operations, said that other people in the convoy were rescued safely.

Bisham SHO Bakht Zahir confirmed the loss of six lives in the incident. He said it was a “suicide blast” and the security agencies were collecting the evidence. He said that security had been tightened in the area and bodies of those killed were being shifted to a hospital. 

A Rescue 1122 official said the vehicle of the Chinese passengers fell into a gorge after the blast and caught fire. He said that a rescue team reached the scene and put out the fire.

Dr Rehmat Ali, a spokesperson at the Dasu project, said the Chinese nationals were identified as four men and a woman, adding that their bodies were being taken to Islamabad. 

At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed in Upper Kohistan in July 2021. A coach carrying them to an under-construction tunnel site of the 4,300-megawatt Dasu hydropower project had fallen into a ravine after an explosion.

The Foreign Office initially termed the incident an accident, but the government later said traces of explosives were found. The information minister at the time said “terrorism could not be ruled out”.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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