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Who is next PM? Shehbaz Sharif, Omar Ayub’s nomination papers accepted for election

04:07 PM | 2 Mar, 2024
Who is next PM? Shehbaz Sharif, Omar Ayub’s nomination papers accepted for election

ISLAMABAD – Shehbaz Sharif and Omar Ayub have had their nomination papers approved for the upcoming elections for Prime Minister or Leader of the House in the National Assembly, scheduled for Sunday at 11am.

On Saturday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) submitted nomination papers for Shehbaz and Ayub, respectively. The Mutahhida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party, and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have all thrown their support behind Shehbaz, ensuring his smooth election as Prime Minister once again. 

Meanwhile, Ayub lacks the necessary numbers.

PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar, Hanif Abbasi, along with PPP leader Khursheed Shah, submitted the documents for Shehbaz. Seven MNAs proposed his nomination, and seven others seconded it. Several other MNAs also accompanied them to the NA secretary’s office.

On the other hand, the SIC submitted nomination papers for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ayub to the secretary of the lower house.

The National Assembly Secretariat issued the election schedule for the Prime Minister’s office on February 29, with the election slated for March 3. The deadline for submission of nomination papers ended at 2 pm on Saturday, while the scrutiny of nomination papers concluded at 3 pm.

In Friday’s session, both major parties, PPP and PML-N, easily elected their speaker and deputy speaker, while candidates backed by SIC and PTI faced defeat.

Following the Prime Minister’s election, the newly-elected lawmakers will proceed to elect a new head of state on March 9, signaling the end of PTI-backed President Arif Alvi’s tenure.

However, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, whose party holds eight seats in the National Assembly, raised objections to the polls, stating they would not vote for the president and prime minister. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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