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PM Imran names man who ‘offered bribe’ for withdrawal of Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif

12:31 AM | 29 Jul, 2021
PM Imran names man who ‘offered bribe’ for withdrawal of Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that a “common friend” offered bribe on behalf of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif against withdrawal of the Panama Papers case in the Supreme Court involving former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Khan had alleged in 2017 that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif offered him Rs10 billion through a “common friend” to withdraw the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif, who was the prime minister at that time.

Khan however had not disclosed the identity of the person who offered him bribe on behalf of Shehbaz.

Shehbaz, 69, the younger brother of 71-year-old Nawaz Sharif, filed a defamation case against the cricketer-turned-politician.

In a written reply to Lahore sessions court on Tuesday in response to the defamation suit, Khan named the person as “Omar Farooq”.

“Omar Farooq — a common friend — made this offer to Imran Khan,” the prime minister’s counsel told the court.

The counsel said the incident was disclosed “in the interest of the public good” and “it does not constitute any defamation”.

He said the plaintiff and the defendant are political rivals and have been facing each other in the political arena for more than two decades.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Mudassir Farid adjourned the hearing till August 4.

In the four years, Khan’s legal team sought adjournments on at least 50 hearings.

In his petition, Shehbaz requested the court to issue a decree for recovery of Rs10 billion as compensation for the “defamatory” comment.

In a statement on Wednesday, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb sought an apology from Khan for levelling ‘baseless allegations’ against the opposition leader.

Calling him a “pathological liar”, she said Khan was no longer “morally eligible” to hold the office of a member of the National Assembly and the prime minister of Pakistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
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 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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