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Jirga in northwest Pakistani village restricts dowry for marriages

08:29 PM | 9 Apr, 2023
Jirga in northwest Pakistani village restricts dowry for marriages

PESHAWAR - In order to assist poor families in marrying off their children, a Jirga, or council of tribal elders, in the Pakistani province of Lower Dir set a tola (11.7 grams) of gold as dowry, according to villagers.

In South Asia, especially Pakistan, there is a long-standing custom known as dowry, whereby the bride's family presents the groom with furniture, jewelry, money, and other material possessions upon their marriage.

Parts of Lower Dir have a custom where 2-5 tolas of gold are required as dowry, However the majority of poor households cannot afford it given how much it has lately increased in price.

The most common unit of measurement for precious metals in Pakistan is the tola (one tola equals.44 troy ounce), with one tola of gold presently costing Rs215,800.

Villagers were also urged by the jirga to abide by the decision, and anyone who did not, would face a fine of Rs 1 million.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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