Watch: Maryam Nawaz breaks into tears as Hamza Shahbaz 'elected CM Punjab' in symbolic session

01:19 PM | 7 Apr, 2022
Watch: Maryam Nawaz breaks into tears as Hamza Shahbaz 'elected CM Punjab' in symbolic session
Source: Marriyum Aurangzeb (Twitter)

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was elected as the chief minister of Punjab by the Opposition lawmakers and PTI defectors in a symbolic provincial assembly session at a hotel in Lahore.

The symbolic session, which was attended by several disgruntled PTI leaders including Aleem Khan, was held after voting for the election of new leader of the House was delayed for the third time on Wednesday due to tug of war between the Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari and PML-Q.

Mazari had called the Wednesday’s session that angered PTI and its ally PML-Q, which later filed a no-confidence motion against him. Later, the assembly secretariat announced that powers delegated to Mazari have been withdrawn.

The symbolic session of the Opposition was chaired by PP leader Shazia Abid and 199 provincial lawmakers voted for Hamza Shehbaz.

When Hamza was congratulated after the voting, an emotional scene was witnessed when PML-N vice president and his cousin, Maryam Nawaz, could not hold her tears while congratulating him.

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb shared a video in which the PML-N vice president can be seen in tears.

“Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz Sharif  Alhamdulliah elected by 199 votes . @MaryamNSharif broke into tears while congratulating Hamza Bhai".


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

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 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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