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EU observer sees 'no sign' of elections in Pakistan in 2023

'We haven't yet received an invitation from Pakistan,' says Michael Gahler, head of EU Parliament's Election Observation Mission

11:59 PM | 6 Jul, 2023
EU observer sees 'no sign' of elections in Pakistan in 2023
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The European Union (EU) has said it might not send an election observer mission to Pakistan to monitor the upcoming general elections in the South Asian country.

Michael Gahler, head of the European Union Parliament's Election Observation Mission, told a visiting delegation of Pakistani journalists "we are not sure whether general elections will be held in Pakistan in 2023 or not".

Gahler, a member of the European Union's Parliament since 1999, served as Pakistan EOM's director in 2008, 2013 and 2018.

He stated that the EOM required an invitation from the Pakistani government at least three months prior to the election date in order to send their observation team for the purpose of observing the election. However, he said, "we haven't yet received an invitation from Pakistan."

According to his understanding, elections in Pakistan should take place in October of this year. The EU legislator stated, "But there are no signs of the election, so it will not be possible to send an observation mission; however, if the election is held next year, we can hope to send an expert mission."

He said that this year they could only send a small expert delegation and that even for that trip they needed an invitation from Pakistan. 

In response to a query, he stated that the government and the election commission always invited his observation expedition to Pakistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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