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Pakistan to hold next general election in October 2023 after digital census, says planning minister

Web Desk 11:28 PM | 6 Dec, 2022
Pakistan to hold next general election in October 2023 after digital census, says planning minister
Source: SDPI Pakistan (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Urging ousted prime minister Imran Khan and his party to return to assemblies, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday the next general election in Pakistan would be held in October after completion of a population census.

Khan, who was ousted through a vote of no-confidence in April this year, has since been agitating against the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. His ouster followed resignations of members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from the Pakistan parliament.

Khan, who blames his ouster on a US-backed conspiracy, has been calling for snap polls in the South Asian country, but the government says it is not possible to hold an early election without a population census among other reasons.

Pakistan carried out its last census in 2017 after a gap of about 20 years, whose results were immediately disputed. Various political factions claimed the population data in some regions had been deliberately fudged by authorities to meet their political objectives.

“A new general election will be held in October 2023 based on the results of the digital census,” Iqbal said at the launch of a training programme for census staff in Islamabad, without elaborating on the “digital” procedures for the headcount.

“The results of the census will come in April and the Election Commission will then delimit the constituencies.”

The minister said an election based on the results of the last census would be controversial, given that the government in southern Sindh province had reservations over it.

“The new census will reveal truth about population,” he added. “For the census, Rs13.5 billion are being given to NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority), whereas, in total, Rs34 billion will be spent on the census.”

Iqbal said Pakistan was one of the fastest-growing countries in terms of population and the headcount could increase to 340 million by 2050, if it continued at the same rate.

“Resources are scarce while the population is growing rapidly, even per capita availability of water is decreasing and if the youth are not educated and skilled, there will be a disaster,” he said.

The minister urged the PTI to return to assemblies and become part of the electoral reforms process to ensure a free, fair and transparent general election.

The country could not afford another political crisis in the wake of the next general election, and needed stability and continuity of policies to move forward in the right direction, he added.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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