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Osama bin Laden supported, funded Nawaz Sharif, reveals ex-ambassador to US

04:37 PM | 31 Jan, 2021
Osama bin Laden supported, funded Nawaz Sharif, reveals ex-ambassador to US

LAHORE – Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, Abida Hussain has alleged that former premier Nawaz Sharif received funds and support from Osama Bin Laden – the former Al-Qaeda chief.

Speaking to a private television channel, Hussain said the militant group chief supported Nawaz Sharif at one time. Adding that, it is a complicated story.

Abida further added that Laden was popular and liked by most of the people, including the Americans. Later, he was treated as a stranger.

"I was appointed as an ambassador during the first regime of Mian Nawaz Sharif," Hussain said, adding that during her period as ambassador to the United States, former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan had directed her to keep the Americans engaged in talks till Pakistan completes its nuclear program in 18 months.

She also mentioned that the US administration, including the diplomats, senators, and congressmen, used to advise Pakistan against the execution of the nuclear programme. As the nuclear programme was under the purview of the president, most of my conversation used to be with Ishaq Khan and not the prime minister. This is also because Ishaq did not trust anyone," the former ambassador stated.

Abida said Pakistan had started its nuclear programme in Zia's regime but it was completed in 1992. She also revealed that she was made ambassador on the president’s recommendation.

Answering a question, she said though she used to be spied on in the US, she did not undertake any suspicious activity which could be used against her by spy agencies.

She also highlighted the top-level intelligence work by saying that I visited Pakistan five times in 18 months but never communicated via phone, knowing that it could be ‘tapped’.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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