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Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab pays heavy price over a joke

Komal Zaheer 11:07 PM | 28 Feb, 2018
Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab pays heavy price over a joke
Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab has been sentenced to six months in jail by an Egyptian court because of a joke that was taken as an insult to Egypt according to a report by Al Ahram Online.

The report further stated that the singer has been ordered to pay EGP 5,000 ($283) bail until further notice along with an additional fine of EGP 10,000 ($566.)

Abdel-Wahab has been sentenced after a video of her was released where she made a joke to a fan about how drinking water from the Nile would make them sick. The video in question went viral and the Egyptian populace was not amused.

The video, released way back in 2016 shows a fan asking the singer to sing her famous song,"Mashrebtesh min Nelha" which roughly translates to: "Have you ever drank the water of the Nile."

The actress then made the grave mistake of jokingly saying "I would catch Bilharzia ... better drink Evian instead."

The singer almost immediately issued an apology afterwards but was still temporarily banned from any performances in Egypt.

News of the sentence has been making rounds online, with people in favor of or opposing the decision;

Some made pretty logical arguments:

While others were all for the sentence:

"She insulted and mocked her country in a foreign place, that is not acceptable. Her comment wasn't meant to bring attention to the issue, she just wanted to make fun of it."

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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