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LHC seeks reply from govt in plea seeking restoration of internet services in Pakistan

01:06 PM | 11 May, 2023
LHC seeks reply from govt in plea seeking restoration of internet services in Pakistan
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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the federal government and others to respond to a petition filed by Lawyer Abuzar Salman Khan Niazi, which demands the restoration of internet services and social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in the country.

The petition was filed after protests broke out following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. The court has summoned a reply from authorities by May 22.

The petition argues that internet services are a fundamental right of the people of Pakistan under Article 19-A of the Constitution and cannot be curtailed or eliminated through blanket bans or prohibition orders. The petition states that the internet service blockage is unconstitutional and must be set aside.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced on Wednesday that internet services across the country would remain suspended indefinitely. The decision to block mobile broadband services was taken on the directives of the Ministry of Interior after protests erupted following Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

The suspension of internet services has caused inconvenience and financial losses to the people and businesses in Pakistan. The blockade of social media platforms has also disrupted the flow of information and communication, impacting the citizens’ ability to exercise their rights.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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