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Qatar sentences 8 ex-Indian Navy officers spying for Israel to death

06:19 PM | 26 Oct, 2023
Qatar sentences 8 ex-Indian Navy officers spying for Israel to death
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DOHA – A court in Qatar has awarded death sentence to eight former Indian Navy personnel over allegations of espionage. 

The convicts include decorated officers Commander (retired) Purnendu Tiwari who have commanded major Indian warships, reports said. 

All the eight men, who had been accused of spying for Israel, were hired by Al Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private company that provided training and related services to Qatar’s armed forces and security agencies. 

They have been detained by Qatari authorities for more than a year during which their several bail pleas were turned down. 

India’s Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed the conviction of the former navy official. 

"We have initial information that the Court of First Instance of Qatar has today passed a judgment in the case involving 8 Indian employees of Al Dahra company. We are deeply shocked by the verdict of death penalty and are awaiting the detailed judgment," the ministry said in a statement.

“We will continue to extend all consular and legal assistance. We will also take up the verdict with Qatari authorities,” the ministry said.

It did not provide details about the charges at this juncture due to the confidential nature of the case.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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