The Aurat March 2022 is taking place in all major cities of Pakistan today (Tuesday) in connection with International Women's Day, inviting people from all walks of life to raise their voices to demand equal rights and an end to discrimination.
The inception of Aurat March in Pakistan dates back to March 8, 2018, in Karachi. Every year, the March gets extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad.
This year marks the fifth march since its beginning. The march has three main chapters in the cities of Multan, Lahore and Karachi.
The march kicked off at 1pm from Multan's Nawan Shehar Chowk, 2pm from Lahore Press Club and began at 3pm from Karachi's Jinnah Park along with demonstrations in other cities.
DEMAND # 2— عورت مارچ لاہور - Aurat March Lahore (@AuratMarch) March 4, 2022
We demand survivor-centric reform which is only possible through strengthening of welfare services available to survivors of violence and impacted communities.#AuratMarch2022#AuratMarchLahore#asalinsaaf pic.twitter.com/EaW2DnHVCr
Delving into details about Aurat March's demands, Aurat March has its own manifesto with the Karachi chapter focusing on wages, security and peace; Lahore on reimagining justice; Multan on reimagining the education system and Islamabad on justice, security and freedom.
Earlier, Aurat March landed in hot water after Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri penned a letter to PM Imran Khan saying that anti-Islamic slogans should not be raised on International Women's Day.
He also suggested celebrating International Hijab Day instead of Aurat March on March 8. The letter drew backlash on social media which led the minister to later issue a statement clarifying his intentions.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|