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'Elections will definitely be held on Feb 8 in Pakistan,’ says CJP Isa as polls delay case wrapped up

03:09 PM | 3 Nov, 2023
'Elections will definitely be held on Feb 8 in Pakistan,’ says CJP Isa as polls delay case wrapped up
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ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa remarked on Friday that general elections will be held in the country on February 8 next year, God willing, as he ordered the caretaker government to ensure the polls on the given date.

The top judge made the remarks after a three-member bench headed by him and comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amin-Ud-Din Khan resumed hearing of multiple pleas seeking timely elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.

The petitions were wrapped up after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) submitted an official notifications for polls date.

“… the Election Commission of Pakistan in exercise of its powers under Article 57(1) of the Elections Act and all other powers enabling it in that behalf, hereby announces February 8, 2024, as poll date for the general elections,” read the notification.

The ECP and President Arif Alvi held a meeting a day earlier when they agreed for holding the elections on Feb 8, ending uncertainty overhung it for several months.

During today’s hearing, Attorney General for Pakistan Usman Mansoor Awan read out the ECP notification in court. Later, Justice Isa asked if everyone was happy with it.  “All the respondents have given their approval,” he remarked.

A day earlier, President Arif Alvi and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja on Thursday agreed on the date for the next general elections in the country i.e. February 8, 2024.

The announcement came after an ECP delegation led by CEC Raja and Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan called on President Alvi at the President’s Secretariat to discuss the final date for the upcoming general elections.

A statement from President Alvi’s office said, “It was [then] unanimously decided that the election will be held on Thursday, February 8.”

The meeting between the two sides was held after the Supreme Court directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to consult the president and inform the top court about the final date for the general elections on Friday (November 3, 2023).

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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