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Pakistani woman arrested with fake USD, Indian currencies

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KATHMANDU —Nepal Police recently arrested a Pakistani woman from Kathmandu with big amount of counterfeit US dollars and Indian currencies.

Police have seized fake currencies having the face value of USD 19,500 and IRs 36,00,000 from her possession  as soon as she landed in the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Recognized as Shama Naz, the suspect had touched base in Kathmandu from Karachi via Doha on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, originally from Karachi, was holding passport number LW9895741 and is found to have traveled to Nepal during 6-14 March and between March 8 and April 1 this year.

Following up on a tip-off, police said, she was arrested from the Golden Gate of Tribhuvan International Airport, and the contraband worth millions of rupees was seized.

The Ranipokhari-based Metropolitan Police Office has also arrested seven others with the possession of fake Indian currencies from different places of Kathmandu.

With the help from the vegetable seller, police on May 8 arrested Mira Jirel of Jiri-7, Dolakha district and Suman Malla of Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu.

On the basis of information provided by these two, five more individuals, including major agent in Nepal, Baijanath Gupta, were arrested on different dates inside and outside the country.

Gupta, who used aliases such as Arun, Joseph, Yusuf Khan, Raju and Bijay, hails from Bihar, India. He had been living in Siraha district with his family.

According to police investigations, Gupta used to purchase fake currency notes from a Pakistani agent via hundi. He was helped by Sanad Pradhan of Juhang-5, Gulmi district.

According to police, the Pakistani national had concealed the contraband in her suitcase and in food packets to deceive the airport security system.

She is allegedly involved in fake currency smuggling to Nepal via air route, distributing the fake bills to local contacts in Kathmandu and making payments to the local contacts through hundi.

Police said that fake US dollar bills that were seized from a Pakistani woman Saturday were of a fine quality and hard to differentiate from the real thing.

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Finance Committee meeting deferred until 1 pm today

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KATHMANDU— The meeting of the Finance Committee under the House of Representatives that was scheduled at 9 am today has been postponed until 1 pm.

The meeting was put off for lack of a quorum, said Chairperson of committee Krishna Prasad Dahal. Until 9:30 am, only nine members of the 25-member committee were present in the meeting.

Issues relating to capital expenditures and non-budgetary release of fund were scheduled for discussion in the meeting.

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