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Shah Mahmood Qureshi disqualified for five years 

11:25 AM | 4 Feb, 2024
Shah Mahmood Qureshi disqualified for five years 

ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi from participating in elections for five years under Article 63 (1)(h) of the Constitution.

According to a notice issued by the electoral body, Qureshi, a seasoned politician, has been disqualified from contesting the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8 and subsequent polls. This decision comes following Qureshi’s conviction in the cipher case by a special court established under the Official Secrets Act. He has been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and disqualified under Article 63 (1) (h) of the Constitution.

On January 30, both PTI founder Imran Khan and Qureshi were handed 10-year sentences each in the cipher case. This case revolves around allegations that the former prime minister disclosed contents of a confidential cable sent by the country’s ambassador in Washington to the government in Islamabad.

In addition to the disqualification under Article 63 (1)(h), Qureshi has also been disqualified under Section 232 of the Elections Act, 2017. He had submitted his nomination papers to contest a National Assembly seat from NA-214 (Tharparkar) in Sindh.

Although the returning officer initially rejected Qureshi’s and his son Zain Qureshi’s nomination papers, they were later permitted to contest by the appellate tribunal of the Sindh High Court (SHC) last month.

However, Qureshi’s disqualification does not affect the electoral process in NA-214 Tharparkar, where he was allowed to contest by the appellate tribunal. According to the law, a contesting candidate’s election can only be terminated in case of their demise.

The ECP notification further elaborated on Qureshi’s disqualification, citing the judgment issued by the special court. It stated that Qureshi was found guilty under various sections of the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a period of 10 years. Consequently, he is disqualified from contesting the 2024 general elections and any subsequent polls for a period of five years, in accordance with Article 63 (1)(h) of the Constitution and Section 232 of the Elections Act, 2017.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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