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SC to form full court bench in suo moto hearing on judges letter against spy agency

09:08 AM | 3 Apr, 2024
SC to form full court bench in suo moto hearing on judges letter against spy agency

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court adjourned suo motu proceedings over a letter written by senior judges of Islamabad High Court alleging interference by intelligence agencies.

Before the end of proceedings, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa hinted that the matter could end up infront of a full court bench at later hearings. The case will now be taken up at the end of April.

Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan larger bench took up suo moto hearing on Islamabad High Court judge's letter against the intelligence agency today on Wednesday.

Senior judges of Islamabad High Court made accusation against the country's apex spy agency, alleging intimidation tactics to influence court decisions.

In a letter to Supreme Court, six out of eight members of the Islamabad High Court called for action. It prompted response from Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa who convened an emergency meeting of all Supreme Court judges to address the issue.

On Monday, the apex court took a suo motu notice on the letter, and formed bench including Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Musarrat Hilali, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, took suo moto to address matters of public importance related to the enforcement of fundamental rights.

It said the court holds power to summon individuals, government officials, or documents from government departments. Such jurisdiction can be invoked through a petition or suo motu notice initiated by the court itself.

Recently, the federal cabinet approved the formation of an inquiry commission led by Chief Justice (r) Jillani to investigate concerns of interference in judicial affairs. This decision followed a high level meeting between PM Sharif, and Chief Justice Isa.

The government picked Justice (retired) Tasadduq Jillani to probe the matter, but he recused himself from single member bench.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

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

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
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 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
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 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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