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Supreme Court commences hearing to settle disqualification period for Pakistani politicians

11:54 AM | 4 Jan, 2024
Supreme Court commences hearing to settle disqualification period for Pakistani politicians

ISLAMABAD – Just a month before the upcoming elections, Supreme Court of Pakistan starts hearing on petitions to settle the disqualification period for politicians as the ruling can change the country's political landscape.

A larger bench of apex corut comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa himself, is hearing the proceedings that are being broadcast live on Supreme Court's site and YouTube channel.

The court is set to conclusively address the ongoing debate regarding the eligibility of candidates disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution to participate in polls, considering the amendments introduced in the Elections Act 2017.

The ongoing hearing stemmed to 2018 judgment issued by same court in which it declared that disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) was meant to be for lifetime. Last year, then government made an amendment to the Elections Act 2017 specified that the period of electoral disqualification would be limited to five years, rather than a lifetime.

In last hearing, the top judge delved into the discrepancy between Article 62(1)(f) and Article 63(1)(g), questioning why these similar provisions in the Constitution prescribed different punishments for the same offense. 

The court, aiming to conclude proceedings at the earliest, eye avoiding confusion for returning officers, appointed senior counsel Faisal Siddiqui, Uzair Karamat Bhandari, and legal adviser Reema Omar as amici to assist in the case.

In today's hearing, Advocate Khurram Raza of SC raised questions about the legality of the proceedings. Chief Justice then directed him to focus on the petition, emphasizing that this is a matter for a constitutional court, not the election tribunal.

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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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