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Pakistani celebs outraged as Imran Khan receives 14-year sentence

11:35 PM | 31 Jan, 2024
Pakistani celebs outraged as Imran Khan receives 14-year sentence
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Pakistan's political scene witnessed a seismic shift today as a court sentenced former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to 14 years in prison in the Toshakhana gifts case. This comes just a day after Khan was handed a separate 10-year sentence in the "cypher case" related to alleged state secrets disclosure.

These verdicts, delivered shortly before the February 8th general elections, have cast a long shadow over the upcoming polls and ignited fervent reactions from Khan's supporters and detractors alike.

The accountability court found Khan and his wife guilty of retaining and selling state gifts received during his premiership, violating government regulations. A special court established under the Official Secrets Act convicted Khan of misusing a confidential diplomatic cable, which he claims proves his 2022 ouster was a foreign-backed conspiracy.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party vehemently condemned both verdicts, calling them politically motivated and orchestrated to silence their leader. They vowed to challenge the decisions in higher courts.

Celebrity endorsements and social media trends indicate significant support for Khan among his followers. Musicians, actors, and artists expressed outrage at the sentences and urged PTI supporters to rally behind Khan in the elections.

Actor Ushna Shah tweeted “Ten years for what!? Is this a joke?”

Sharing the report, Armeena Khan wrote“Nonsense! Pakistani judicial system was and is a joke.” 

"History seems to be on repeat in Pakistan," Adnan Malik observed in the wake of the #CypherCase verdict.

 https://twitter.com/adnanmalik/status/1752281296804388890?s=20

Guitarist Salman Ahmad strongly criticized the judge responsible for the verdict, expressing, "Judges such as Hasnat Zulqarnain and Humayun Dilawar have dedicated their entire lives to undermining the integrity of the judiciary. By lowering the rule of law index to unprecedented levels, it raises the question – who would aspire to be a judge in Pakistan?"

The timing of these verdicts within close proximity to the polls throws the Pakistani political landscape into disarray. It remains to be seen how this will impact voter turnout and ultimately, the election results.

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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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