Musharraf suggests swapping Dr Shakil Afridi for Mullah Fazlullah

10:40 AM | 26 May, 2018
Musharraf suggests swapping Dr Shakil Afridi for Mullah Fazlullah
DUBAI - Former president Gen Pervez Musharraf has suggested swapping Dr Shakil Afridi with Mullah Fazlullah, the current Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief in a “give and take” deal.

In an interview to Voice of America on Friday, Musharraf noted that had he been the president, he would have released Dr Shail Afridi, highlighting that the relations between Washington and Islamabad were at their “lowest ebb” now.

“A deal is a give and take. Yes, indeed it can be resolved. I don’t think it is such a serious thing that it cannot be resolved,” he said in a reference to the imprisoned doctor.

The former military dictator also shared that Pakistan’s policy in the case was an irritant to the United States but hastened to add that Washington would have probably done the same if faced with a similar situation.

The former military chief also defended Pakistan’s position on Afridi, saying every nation had to make policies in accordance with its interests.

“Purely on the merits of the case, ... would you allow… a US citizen dealing with the ISI on a very, very sensitive issue of national importance to the United States?” he wondered.

Musharraf, who has been residing in UAE from over a couple of years now skipping cases at home, advised the Trump administration to listen to Islamabad’s grievances and urged Pakistan to pay attention to America’s complaints about the Haqqani network.

“We need to sit down and resolve these issues,” he declared.

Dr Afridi, who helped track al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad through a fake vaccination drive has been in prison in Pakistan since 2011. The facility housing the doctor has also been ramped up after reports emerged that the US had planned a jailbreak for him.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged before a congressional committee that he would continue to work “diligently” to get Afridi released.

However, Pakistan's foreign office has ruled out any deal for Dr Shakil Afridi.


The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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