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UN Security Council meets next week over ICJ decision on Gaza

08:05 PM | 27 Jan, 2024
UN Security Council meets next week over ICJ decision on Gaza
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NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set hold a meeting next week over the decision by the International Court of Justice calling for Israel to take measures to prevent genocide in Gaza.

The meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, was called at the request of Algeria. The foreign affairs ministry of the north African country said that it would give a “binding effect to the pronouncement of the International Court of Justice on the provisional measures imposed on the Israeli occupation”.

Algeria made the request for the UNSC meeting on Friday after the UN’s 22-member Arab group discussed the ICJ decision. 

A day earlier, the UN world court Friday declared that Palestinians had a right to be protected from acts of genocide, calling on Israel to “take all measures within its power” to prevent such actions and allow the entry of desperately needed humanitarian aid into the war-shattered enclave.

However, Gaza health authorities said there was no explicit call for an immediate halt to Israel’s full-scale military operation in the Strip, which is believed to have left more than 26,000 dead.

In its decision, the Pakistan ruled that it had jurisdiction to hear the South Africa’s petition filed against Israel over genocide in Gaza. 

Judge Joan Donoghue remarked that some allegations against Israel fall within the provisions of the Genocide Convention.

She said the court noted that the military operation carried out by Israel has resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries, as well as massive destruction of homes, the forcible displacement of the vast majority of the population and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure.

She also cited a statement by senior UN official Martin Griffiths where he said “Gaza has become a place of death and despair”.

South Africa had requested several emergency measures, including the suspension of military operations in Gaza, a halt to further escalation, and the facilitation of humanitarian aid into the region.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 13 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 13, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024

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