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Pakistani lawyer allowed to work from home

Web Desk 07:23 PM | 1 Dec, 2020
Pakistani lawyer allowed to work from home

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has for the first time permitted a senior lawyer to represent his client in the court from home via video link amid second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

A three member bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, on Monday ordered the technical staff of the Sindh High Court (SHC) to make arrangements for lawyer Khalid Anwar so he could plead the case remotely from his home next week as he could not come to apex court’s Karachi Registry due to the pandemic.

The significant move the apex court comes weeks after Peshawar High Court chief justice Waqar Ahmed Seth died of coronavirus on November 13. Two lawyers have also lost their lives after contracting the infection.

The SC decision was hailed by senior lawyers, who have also urged the all high courts to allow the lawyer to work from home. At present, only the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has extended the same facility to its pleaders.

Last month, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed ousted a lawyer from the courtroom after he revealed that he was in court despite having diagnosed with the COVID-19.

The revelations came as a great shock to those who were present in the courtroom.

The chief justice rebuked the lawyer for displaying the irresponsible behaviour and putting lives of other people at risk. He remarked that the lawyer should have not come. 

To which, Khan said that he had filed a petition seeking adjournment of the case he is representing but it was not entertained. 

The lawyer added that he had to appear before the court as the case was important. Adnan Khan was representing the lecturers of Higher Education Commission in a case. 

The CJP did not agree with the argument and ordered him to immediately leave the courtroom. The lawyer had been asked to submit arguments in written form.

Coronavirus Situation in Pakistan

At least 67 people lost their lives to COVID-19 in Pakistan over the past 24 hours, the highest daily virus-related deaths in five months, NCOC.

According to the data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre showed that the virus claimed 67 lives in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 8,091.

With fresh 2,458 infections, the country's total climbed to 400,484. The active numbers of cases have jumped to 49,105.

At least 2,165 are critically ill and 282 are on ventilators. 343,286 have recovered from the virus.

The country's fatality rate stands at 2.0% against the global mortality rate of 2.3%.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab and other provinces. 174,350 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 119,578 in Punjab, 47,370 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17,187 in Balochistan, 30,406 in Islamabad, 6,933 in Azad Kashmir and 4,658 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 3,036 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 2,935 in Sindh, 1,369 in KP, 167 in Balochistan, 318 in Islamabad, 169 in Azad Kashmir and 97 in GB.

A total of 5,549,779 tests have been conducted across the country so far while 40,969 tests in the past 24 hours.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390

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