NEW YORK – Acting New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan said in his Monday night order that the media’s request to broadcast the arraignment of former President Donald Trump was understandable.
However, he said that news organizations’ interests in having the broadest possible access to the proceedings must be weighed against “competing interests”.
Merchan rejected the request to broadcast the arraignment live on television, but he still wrote about the historical significance of the proceeding in stark terms.
Earlier, Alina Habba, who represented Trump in several civil matters, spent time with the former president in New York on Monday and said, “He’s in good spirits. Honestly, he’s as he normally would be. He’s ready to go in and do what he needs to do tomorrow.”
When asked about the “game plan” for Trump’s appearance in court in Manhattan Tuesday, Habba told Fox News, “It’s all mapped out.”
She added, “Barring any surprises, I think that it should be smooth. We’re trying to coordinate and cooperate with everybody to make sure that there are no problems.”
On whether Trump can get a fair trial in Manhattan, Habba said, “No, no. I think it’s very difficult. I’d like to have faith in this state, but I’ve been practicing for him now for a couple years and gone to court in New York for a few years, and I can tell you, it’s not the same as representing anybody else."
Earlier in the day, a plane carrying Trump flew from a Florida airport bound for New York City as he prepared to face charges stemming from an investigation into hush money paid to a porn star before the 2016 election.
KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee on Tuesday continued its ascent, trading at less than Rs290 against the US dollar in the morning interbank market, primarily due to stringent measures in the financial sector.
The US dollar was valued at Rs289.78 around 9:48 am, as reported by the Forex Association of Pakistan, marking a decrease of Rs1.18 from the previous day’s closing rate of Rs290.86.
This ongoing rise in the value of the rupee follows the crackdown on illegal dollar trading initiated earlier this month, with strong support from the military.
In the open market, the rupee also made gains against the dollar, trading at Rs292 compared to the previous day’s rate of Rs293, according to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan.
Saad Bin Naseer, the director of the financial services platform Mettis Global, noted that this marked the 16th consecutive day of appreciation for the PKR, amounting to nearly a 6% increase.
Naseer attributed this surge primarily to administrative measures, stating that it seems the government’s crackdown on speculative elements contributing to rupee depreciation is having an effect.
He also suggested that if this trend persists and the Afghan border remains closed, the rupee could continue to appreciate in the future. However, he emphasized the importance of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into export-oriented sectors for long-term stability.
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 210,100 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs180,130.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Karachi||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Islamabad||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Peshawar||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Quetta||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Sialkot||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Attock||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Gujranwala||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Jehlum||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Multan||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Gujrat||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Nawabshah||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Chakwal||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Hyderabad||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Nowshehra||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Sargodha||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Faisalabad||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|
|Mirpur||PKR 210,100||PKR 2,587|