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Supreme Court hears key issue of lifetime disqualification of politicians

09:16 AM | 2 Jan, 2024
Supreme Court hears key issue of lifetime disqualification of politicians
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ISLAMABAD – A seven-member bench of Supreme Court started hearing the issue of lifetime disqualification today on Tuesday with the upcoming polls around the corner. 

Bench spearheaded by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa, and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Hilali is hearing the case, that will shape the country's political landscape.

The bench of the top court is engaged in discussions about whether the disqualification of lawmaker is for a lifetime under Article 62 of the Constitution or for 5years.

Article 62(1)(f) was added to the Constitution during the dictatorship, and in the last four decades, no civil government could abrogate Article 62(1)(f).

Five years back, a Pakistani court disqualified PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case under Article 62(1)(f) for failing to declare unclaimed income. Later, a larger bench of SC ruled that the disqualification period under Article 62(1)(f) would be for life.

Another Supreme Court judge Justice (r) Azmat Saeed, ruled that the top court had the authority to interpret the Constitution but not to amend it. Legal experts also termed the disqualification of a politician under Article 62(1)(f) to life imprisonment.

In mid-2023, national legislature set the period of disqualification to five years under Article 62(1)(f) through Section 232 of the Election Act (Amendment) Bill.

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 16 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 16, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.7 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.8 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 311.9 314.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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