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Pakistan top court to live telecast Zulfikar Bhutto reference hearing

11:33 AM | 12 Dec, 2023
Pakistan top court to live telecast Zulfikar Bhutto reference hearing

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court is poised to address a 12-year-old reference concerning the contentious death sentence handed to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of PPP and former prime minister, back in 1978.

A larger bench consisting of nine members, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa and including several esteemed justices, is slated to take up this reference at 11:30 PM today (Tuesday).

In a communication issued by the top court, it was announced that the proceedings of the Presidential Reference No 1 of 2011 would be broadcast live and accessible through the official website and YouTube channel of the Supreme Court.

The decision to schedule this case was executed under Section 2(1) of the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act, 2023, by a committee composed of CJP Isa, Justice Masood, and Justice Ahsan.

Earlier, a two-judge panel, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, was established to determine the live telecast aspect of the reference.

The genesis of this hearing traces back to April 2, 2011, when former President Asif Ali Zardari filed a presidential reference under Article 186 of the Constitution, urging the apex court to reconsider the trial of the PPP’s founder.

Previously, an 11-member larger bench of the apex court, presided over by former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, conducted five hearings on the presidential reference, the last one taking place on November 11, 2022.

Ahead of this pivotal hearing, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari sought a live broadcast of the reference, filing a civil miscellaneous application in the Supreme Court.

Bilawal emphasized the importance of a live telecast to ensure the public’s access to these proceedings. During a political gathering in Kohat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Bilawal expressed hope for justice to rectify historical wrongs and shed light on the truth behind Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s demise.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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