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Shehbaz Sharif files case against UK publications, journalist over 'defamatory' news story

07:19 PM | 30 Jan, 2020
Shehbaz Sharif files case against UK publications, journalist over 'defamatory' news story

LONDON - Pakistan Muslim League President Shehbaz Sharif has filed a defamation suit against a British publication and journalist David Rose for accusing him of embezzling the funds allocated for the rehabilitation of the 2005 earthquake victims.

Sharif along with his counsel members Alasdair Pepper and Antonia Foster announced the development on Thursday. The case has been filed against Mail on Sunday, Mail Online and the journalist at the London High Court.

Rsoe’s news story published in July 2019 claimed that former Punjab chief minister had misappropriated funds provided by the U K’s Department of International Development for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims.

The allegations levelled in the case against Shehbaz Sharif were categorically rejected by the PML-N. The leader of the opposition also termed the story a gravely defamatory.

The story quoted Assets Recovery Unit Chief Shahzad Akbar and a few other individuals — none of whom were in an official position.

Shehbaz recalled that legal notices served on the publisher and Rose were not proven fruitful, adding that a copy of the article is still available online, he explained reasons behind the case.

"This article is politically motivated and has been written on Imran Niazi's behest," Shehbaz reiterated at the presser. "He asked for this article to be written because no real proof exists in this matter. Had there been any proof, he would have filed a case on this matter in Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 20 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 20, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.85 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.70.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.35 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.85 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.7 74.42
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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