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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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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