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UN alarmed after ongoing anti-Muslim violence leaves 42 dead in India

10:54 PM | 28 Feb, 2020
UN alarmed after ongoing anti-Muslim violence leaves 42 dead in India
UN alarmed after ongoing anti-Muslim violence leaves 42 dead in India
UN alarmed after ongoing anti-Muslim violence leaves 42 dead in India
UN alarmed after ongoing anti-Muslim violence leaves 42 dead in India

ISLAMABAD – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Indian leaders to invoke the “spirit of Gandhi” to bring about an end to the violence in New Delhi against Muslims protesting against controversial citizenship law.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric in response to a question at UN Headquarters in New York said the UN chief has been following the situation and is saddened by the reports of death that we have seen over the past few days in New Delhi.

He said the Secretary General again reiterates his calls for maximum restraint.

Meanwhile, an opinion piece published in British daily The Guardian, said the organizers behind the attacks are local politicians affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata party.

It says vigilante auxiliaries of ruling party attacked Muslims with impunity, and the Delhi police, which reports to the home minister actually participated in the violence against people demonstrating against Modi’s discriminatory citizenship law.

Also on Friday, UN Human Rights Council Chief Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concern over ongoing anti-Muslim violence in India.  

At a session of the council in Geneva, the Rights Chief highlighted the excesses committed by Indian government against people of Occupied Kashmir as well as against Muslims across India through the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The UN rights chief also expressed grave concern over police inaction during deadly violence against Muslims in New Delhi and use of brute force against peaceful protesters.

Delhi riots

New Delhi has been convulsed this week by the worst sectarian violence the city has seen in three decades, with at least 42 people killed and over 250 injured, as rioters ransacked homes, shops, cars, and mosques in several of the city’s Muslim neighborhoods. Most of the victims were Muslim — many of them shot by police — though Hindus are also among those who were killed, injured, or had their property damaged.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing any major eruptions however. The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.

The violence began on Sunday, one day before President Donald Trump arrived there on his first state visit to India.

The law in question, the Citizenship Amendment Act, is nominally intended to create a path to citizenship for people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who migrated to India illegally prior to 2014. However, that right only applies to Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and adherents of several smaller religions, but not to Muslims.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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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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