Pregnant Kiwi journalist offered refuge by Taliban after denied re-entry by NZ

11:44 AM | 30 Jan, 2022
Pregnant Kiwi journalist offered refuge by Taliban after denied re-entry by NZ

WELLINGTON – Kiwi journalist Charlotte Bellis, who is unmarried and expecting a child, said the Taliban offered her refuge in the war-ravaged country as strict quarantine rules barred her to return homeland.

The distressed female journalist in a column in New Zealand Herald said “it was ‘brutally ironic’ that she once questioned the Taliban about their treatment of women and she was now asking the same questions of her own government”.

Taliban-led administration offered refuge to the woman journalist as she called for help. She has been working for an international news organization in Afghanistan, where her photographer partner is also based.

Bellis was reportedly unaware about the pregnancy until she returned to Doha and it is illegal to conceive a child being unmarried, so she kept the pregnancy secret as she prepared to return to the Oceanian country.

Reports claimed that Bellis was not qualified for an exemption under strict Covid-enforced by NZ to curb virus spread. Bellis after sharing her ordeal said she had been contacted by New Zealand officials who said her rejected application was under review.

As per the rules enforced by New Zealand, citizens, who are looking to return, need to spend 10 days in isolation in military-run hotels. The stern directives have led to a backlog of thousands of people wanting to return home vying for spots.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
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 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7


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