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Students protest against physical exams turns violent as Islamabad police baton-charge participants (VIDEOS)

12:54 PM | 30 May, 2021
Students protest against physical exams turns violent as Islamabad police baton-charge participants (VIDEOS)

ISLAMABAD – Board students protesting against physical examinations clashed with the federal law enforcers at the Faizabad area of Islamabad on Saturday.

Reports in local media suggest that police apprehended scores of agitating students while dozens of motorcycles impounded during the clash as students staged a protest demanding online examinations.

Amid the protest, students also blocked the Islamabad Expressway due to which traffic halted for hours. They also damaged vehicles and set trees on fire following which the cops launched a baton charge and fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters. They even retaliated and pelted the police with stones.

The agitating students cited that they were forced to take online classes for the whole academic session owing to the Covid pandemic. Adding that, the government should revoke its decision of conducting physical examinations for the annual board exams.

In the clip posted on social media, protesting students can be seen chanting slogans against the authorities.

Meanwhile, police officials claimed that the arrested person failed to prove that they were students and enrolled in any educational institutes. The detained persons are miscreants who joined the students’ groups to challenge the administration.

Following the whole episode, Human rights activist Jibran Nasir along with others expressed concern over videos of teargas being fired on protesting students as well as reports of a police baton charge.

Progressive Students Collective while expressing solidarity with the students said ‘We call on activists, journalists, and citizens to join us holding the government responsible for its crimes against students. We demand a new education package in response to the pandemic that starts with ensuring student’s representation in campus decision making’.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72

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