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Another Pakistani journalist 'taken away' in Karachi

08:58 PM | 28 May, 2024
Another Pakistani journalist 'taken away' in Karachi
Source: CCTV footage

The father of a journalist from one of Pakistan’s top TV news networks said on Tuesday that officials in plain clothes and uniforms took his son from their home in Karachi, and now they don’t know where he is and are worried about his safety.

The journalist, Hafiz Maaz Bin Khalid, works for ARY News as a Digital Media Coordinator. A video shared by his family showed officers taking Khalid away in a police van from Karachi’s Buffer Zone early on Tuesday morning.

“They came in three mobile vans and a double cabin vehicle, climbed over the wall, and took my son, saying they were taking him for questioning at the Crime Investigation Agency center,” said Khalil Ur Rehman, the journalist’s father. He added that the officers, who wore both uniforms and plainclothes, did not show any warrants when asked.

“They took him along with his ID card and mobile phone. When I went to the CIA center, I was told my son wasn’t brought there. I don’t know where he is,” the father added.

“They said they were taking Maaz for an hour of questioning. It’s been almost ten hours, and we still don’t know anything.”

Senior Superintendent of Police Zeeshan Siddiqui said the police did not arrest the journalist and declined to say more. Neither the police nor the family explained why Khalid might have been taken, but two of his colleagues at ARY, who did not want to be named, believed it was because of recent social media posts critical of the army and police.

Journalists in Pakistan are reporting more media censorship. The military and government deny suppressing the press.

A report by the International Federation of Journalists, released on May 3 for World Press Freedom Day, said over 300 people in Pakistan’s media industry faced state tactics to silence dissent in the past year.

“Over 300 journalists and bloggers this year were affected by state coercion, including dozens arrested for several hours to four weeks and nearly 60 served legal notices or summons for their journalism or personal dissent online,” the IFJ Pakistan country report for 2023-2024 said.

“At least eight were charged with serious crimes like sedition, terrorism, and incitement to violence, which carry long sentences or even the death penalty.”

The report also said four journalists were killed during the period, and at least 59 journalists and bloggers were charged with crimes like sedition, terrorism, incitement to violence, defamation, or contempt.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 21 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 21, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.75
Euro EUR 297  299.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5  354 
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80  75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.75 73.5
Australian Dollar AUD 181.2 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.91 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.11 40.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.62 916.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 28.83 29.13
Omani Riyal OMR 723.62 731.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.08 317.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74

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