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Pakistan's former president Arif Alvi says ready to face high treason case

11:35 PM | 10 Mar, 2024
Arif Alvi
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KARACHI – Former president Dr Arif Alvi said on Sunday that he was ready to face legal proceedings against him under Article 6 of the Constitution.

Alvi's announcement came hours after he left the presidency on completion of his presidential tenure. 

Demands of a high treason case against Alvi under Article 6 for alleged violation of the Constitution have been made on multiple instances — such as the dissolution of the National Assembly on advice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founding chairman Imran Khan, who then served as the prime minister; and a recent case of not summoning the first session of the upper house of parliament after the general election 2024.

The ex-president, who handed over the charge to newly sworn-in President Asif Ali Zardari, vacated the presidential palace and flew back to Karachi Sunday evening, where he addressed a press conference at his residence. 

“Conduct a case under Article 6 against me if they want. Those levelling allegations of unconstitutional actions [against Alvi] can go to the courts,” the former president said while speaking to journalists.

He said that the majority of the court decisions didn’t mention Article 6.

“I stood fast on accountability and democratic values,” he said, adding that he also held on to the principles of his party, PTI, which was opposing corruption culture in the country.

“I adhered to the Constitution and did what was appropriate,” he insisted.

Alvi went on to say that he was adamant about getting the decision on reserved seats of the assembly done before calling the NA session.

Referring to the dissolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the second legislative under the PTI government to be disbanded last year, Alvi said that he had advised against leaving the KP assembly.

The ex-president said that his role as the president has been to make efforts to eliminate differences.

Speaking about the PTI founder, Alvi said that he and Khan were of the view that the reference against now Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa shouldn’t have been filed.

He heaped praise on the former prime minister, saying that Khan was and will always be his leader who was removed from power via a parliamentary vote in April 2022. “I have never seen such an honest man. No one has such a quality to unite the nation. There is no leader like PTI founder.”

The former president told the journalists that he has asked his lawyers to file a plea seeking permission for him to meet Khan, who remains incarcerated in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail.

He then called for the investigations into May 9 incidents of violence and urged politicians and the establishment to play a role in uniting the country. He also called for recognising the PTI and the mandate that has been given to it in the last month held general election. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72

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