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IHC rejects plea seeking treason trial against Imran Khan, probe into 'threat letter'

03:00 PM | 11 Apr, 2022
IHC rejects plea seeking treason trial against Imran Khan, probe into 'threat letter'
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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected the plea seeking an investigation into a “foreign threat” letter and trial of former prime minister Imran Khan and ex-ministers under treason charges.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minahllah issued the verdict on the petition filed by Maulvi Iqbal Haider after Imran Khan was removed from the office through a no-confidence vote.

In his petition, he had sought directions to the federal government for probing the contents of the cable sent by the Ambassador of Pakistan in the USA to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He had also sought proceedings under the High Treason (Punishment) Act,1973 against Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, and former Pakistani ambassador Asad Majeed Khan. He also urged the court to place the their names of the Exit Control List.

During the hearing, the petitioner argued that the controversy stirred by Imran Khan by brandishing a “threat letter” damaged Pakistan’s relations with the US.

He added that the former premier also claimed that the threat was issued to his government by US Assistant Secretary of State for the South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu.

Saying the US has rejected the allegations, the petitioner requested the court to issue orders for an investigation into the diplomatic cable.

Maulvi Iqbal Haider by Khawaja Burhan

In its verdict, Justice Athar Minallah said that the court “is satisfied that the petition is frivolous and the petitioner has unjustifiably attempted to make the cable controversial”.

Rejecting Haider’s petition, the court also imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on him.

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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