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ECP approaches interior ministry for Pakistan Army deployment during elections

09:19 AM | 5 Dec, 2023
ECP approaches interior ministry for Pakistan Army deployment during elections
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ISLAMABAD – Army troops and paramilitary forces are likely to be deployed for the upcoming general elections to perform security duties, as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) cited shortfall of security personnel amid the law and order situation in country.

In a letter by Election Commission Secretary Omar Hamid Khan, the electoral watchdog mentioned the shortage of 0.27 million police personnel across Pakistan as the country is witnessing a fresh wave of terror.

It said Punjab required 277,610 security personnel, and currently, there are 108,500 police officials. In Sindh, there is a shortage of 18,000 police personnel. Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) are also grappling with a shortage of security forces.

The federal capital Islamabad currently has 4,500 security personnel available against the stipulated requirement of 9,000 security staff.

ECP sought the services of armed forces in static mode at polling stations to ensure a smooth polling process. The development is in the context of the deteriorating security situation prevalent in the country.

Electoral watchdog mentioned taking all necessary steps to organise election, saying it expects the same dedication from administrative authorities and law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order in the area of the constituencies during elections.

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier notified general elections on February 8, 2024. ECP issued a notification of the date of the general election under Section 57 of the Election Act.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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