US Immigration: 39 dead in deadly blaze at migrant center in Mexico

Web Desk 10:32 PM | 28 Mar, 2023
US Immigration: 39 dead in deadly blaze at migrant center in Mexico
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PUEBLA - In a tragic turn of events, as many as 39 people were burnt alive after a fire broke out in an immigration detention facility in northern Mexico near the United States border.

The blaze occurred late Monday at a facility in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas and left 29 people injured as well in what is believed to be the deadliest fire at an immigration lockup in the country’s history.

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said in a statement that the facility was holding 68 adult men from Central and South America. Inquiry has been launched into the incident as what caused the fire that took so many lives and it is believed that the fire broke out at the place holding men only.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed that the fire erupted during a protest by the migrants inside the facility as they feared deportation.

“They put mats at the door of the shelter and set them on fire as a protest, and did not imagine that it would cause this terrible tragedy,” Lopez Obrador told newsmen.

On the other hand, the national immigration agency said it “energetically rejects the actions that led to this tragedy”, without any further explanation of what those actions might have been..

Although the identities of the dead have yet to be revealed officially, Guatemala said that 28 of its nationals are believed to have died in the incident.

Tensions have been running high in the area regarding immigration and Ciudad Juarez is a major crossing point for migrants trying to get into the United States. Its shelters house scores of people seeking opportunities to cross or those who are waiting for the asylum process.

At one end, Mexico is dealing immigrants with an iron fist probably on the demands of Washington but on the other end, its National Immigration Institute is facing challenges to house the applicants in its facilities.

The latest incident has sent shockwaves across the country, initiating fresh debate on the nature of facilities offered to the immigrants and the safety precautions taken in this regard.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 6, 2023

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 June 06, 2023 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 304.9 308.15
Euro EUR 322 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 377 381
U.A.E Dirham AED 83.5 84.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 80.5 81.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.82 766.80
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.2 934.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.37
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 6, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

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.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125


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