ISLAMABAD – Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Monday raised concerns over former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s statement passed at a rally in Faisalabad yesterday.
The IHC chief justice made these remarks during a hearing against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) order prohibiting television channels from airing Khan’s speeches live.
Imran on Sunday lashed out at the PPP and the PML-N — major coalition partners in the incumbent government — saying both parties were opposing snap elections because they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption cases.
At the last hearing, the IHC CJ had suspended the order till September 5 and observed that the regulatory authority “does not have the authority” to issue such orders.
Barrister Ali Zafar represented Khan during today’s hearing and a representative of PEMRA was also present to apprise the court of the regulator’s stance.
After hearing the arguments of both sides, the court wrapped up the case.
At one point during the hearing, referring to Imran’s statements at the Faisalabad rally, the IHC CJ asked: “How can you say in public whether an army chief is a patriot or not?”
Justice Minallah said that the armed forces personnel were getting martyred “and you [Imran] are bringing their morale down”.
He also asked the PTI counsel as to why [his party] was harming constitutional institutions. “You will only invite difficulties as a result of your statements,” he said.
“Did you hear Imran Khan’s speech from yesterday? Do political leaders deliver such speeches? Will everything be put at stake just for the sake of a ‘Game of Thrones’?” the IHC CJ asked, making a reference to the popular television drama in which nine noble families wage war against each other to gain control over a mythical land.
IHC CJ Minallah said that the armed forces lay their lives for the nation and in a case where someone is involved in illegal activity, everyone should not be criticised over it.
“Hold yourself accountable for your actions. You [Khan] want to issue statements as per your wishes and don’t want the regulator to do its job?”
Following this, the IHC, in light of the rulings of the Supreme Court, asked PEMRA to regulate the speeches of Khan and wrapped up the case filed by the PTI chairman.
Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.
Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.41||36.76|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.54||176.54|
Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.
Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)
|Lahore||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Karachi||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Quetta||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Attock||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Multan||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,100||PKR 2,565|