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DSP among 52 killed, dozens injured in Mastung blast

11:29 AM | 29 Sep, 2023
DSP among 52 killed, dozens injured in Mastung blast

QUETTA - A powerful blast near a mosque in Balochistan’s Mastung district on Friday killed at least 52 people, inlcuding a DSP and wounded over two dozen.

Initial reports suggest that the blast rocked the vicinity near the revered Medina Masjid where a Eid Miladun Nabi procession was scheduled to take place.

Mastung Assistant Commissioner Attaul Munim stated that the explosion, which appears to be of significant magnitude, occurred in close proximity to Madina Mosque. He noted that a procession was scheduled to take place in the area later.

The district administration has confirmed that among the casualties is Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nawaz Gashkori from Mastung. Additionally, the administration revealed that some of the injured victims are in critical condition.

Station House Officer (SHO) Javed Lehri reported that the injured individuals are currently being transferred to medical facilities, and a state of emergency has been declared in the hospitals.

Jan Achakzai, the Interim Information Minister of Balochistan, confirmed that rescue teams have been mobilized to respond to the incident in Mastung. He also mentioned that critically injured individuals are being transferred to Quetta and emphasized that an emergency has been declared in all hospitals.

Achakzai expressed his concern, stating, "The enemy aims to undermine religious tolerance and peace in Balochistan with foreign support. This explosion is truly tragic."

He further conveyed that caretaker Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki has instructed authorities to apprehend those responsible for the explosion.

Interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti condemned the blast and expressed his sorrow for the loss of lives.

Earlier this month, at least 11 people, including Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Hafiz Hamdullah, were injured in a blast in the same district. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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