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Two cops, polio vaccinator shot dead in Pakistan's North Waziristan

12:12 PM | 28 Jun, 2022
Two cops, polio vaccinator shot dead in Pakistan's North Waziristan
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PESHAWAR – Three people were killed after a team of anti-polio vaccinators was ambushed in Datta Khel area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s tribal district of North Waziristan, which has been a hotbed of poliovirus this year.

The incident happened a day after Pakistan launched a nationwide anti-polio vaccination drive to inoculate 12.6 million children.

The campaign was launched amid an outbreak of the virus in North Waziristan where 11 cases of the disease has surfaced this year as several parents are reluctant to inoculate their children against the virus.

The polio team was administrating the vaccine to children in door-to-door drive when unknown men opened fire on them, leaving two policemen and a vaccinator dead on the spot. A child also sustained bullet injury during the incident.

The martyred police officials have been identified as Deen Shahid and Raza.

The bodies and injured have been shifted to hospital while police have launched an investigation into the matter.

The southern districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, namely North and South Waziristan, DI Khan, Bannu, Tank and Lakki Marwat, are at the highest risk of wild poliovirus, per reports.

Polio is a highly infectious and debilitating disease that is usually spread through contaminated water or food. Invading the nervous system, the disease can cause total paralysis within hours.

The contagious virus thrived in the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan where militants attacked and even killed anti-polio teams.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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