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Pakistan concerned over suspension of funding for UNRWA

01:27 PM | 30 Jan, 2024
Pakistan concerned over suspension of funding for UNRWA

Pakistan expressed deep concern over the decision of major world donors to halt funding to the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, the Pakistani foreign ministry stated on Monday. The ministry emphasized that the agency’s continued operations were crucial for the survival of the people of Gaza.

Several donors, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Germany, suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) following allegations that approximately 12 of its Palestinian employees may have been involved in the October 7 attacks in Israel by Hamas.

UNRWA, which serves the civic and humanitarian needs of 5.9 million people in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and in vast camps in neighboring Arab countries, announced on Friday that it had initiated an investigation into several employees and had terminated ties with those individuals.

A spokesperson for UNRWA stated on Monday that if funding did not resume, the agency would be unable to sustain operations in Gaza and across the region beyond the end of February.

In response, the Pakistani foreign ministry echoed statements by UN officials, emphasizing that the current funding for UNRWA would not be adequate to meet the requirements for supporting the Palestinian people in the coming month.

The ministry emphasized, “The timing of this suspension is deeply troubling as it takes place amidst the ongoing war, displacement, and suffering of the people of Gaza who depend on critical aid from UNRWA for their daily survival.”

“It is, therefore, imperative to prioritize the continuity of UNRWA’s operations to sustain the survival of the people of Gaza.”

UNRWA serves as a vital humanitarian agency in Gaza, providing essential services to over two million people, including shelter, food, and primary health care services, even amid intense hostilities.

The agency has faced financial strain for years, and in January last year, it appealed for $1.6 billion in funding, citing the risk to its operations.

The Pakistani foreign ministry criticized the decision to suspend funding in response to allegations against a small group of staff as “unjustifiable.”

“Pakistan urges all countries that have suspended their funding for UNRWA to reconsider their decision in order to avoid suspension of the Agency’s humanitarian work,” it added.

“The lives of the people in Gaza hang in the balance and depend on this crucial support.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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