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Mustafa Kamal, Farooq Sattar return to MQM-P in much-hyped merger ahead of LG polls

07:44 PM | 12 Jan, 2023
Mustafa Kamal, Farooq Sattar return to MQM-P in much-hyped merger ahead of LG polls
Source: A screengrab of Twitter video

KARACHI – The Mutahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Thursday achieved its full strength after a long time as estranged leaders Mustafa Kamal and Dr Farooq Sattar — who had formed their separate parties — joined it in a much-hyped merged ahead of local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions.

Kamal had established the Pak Sarzameen Party while Sattar formed the MQM-P Bahali Committee after developing differences with the MQM-P leaders.

Both leaders announced the merger of their factions into the main party and work under the leadership of MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui at a press conference.

Siddiqui opened the presser by stating that worsening situation in urban areas of Sindh required all people to join hands and work together for the development.

All the three top leaders announced that they would not allow the holding of the upcoming LG polls in the urban cities until their reservations regarding delimitations and voters lists are not addressed.

Addressing the press conference, Kamal termed the unification of the MQM-P factions a historic day, adding that from now on decisions would be taken for the development of people.

He also lashed out the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), stating: “We did not remove the label of RAW [Indian spy agency] from Karachi so that [PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali] Zardari can impose himself on it”.

He lamented that people of Karachi and Hyderabad were facing unemployment and shortage of basic facilities like the absence of clean drinking water, electricity and others but Zardari wanted to make his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari prime minister of the country.

For his part, Farooq Sattar hoped that the MQM-P would emerge as a reformed party from today and would work for the people of Karachi jointly.

He also said how the LG elections could be held in Karachi when MQM-P would be staging sit-in on the Shahrah-e-Faisal, one of the main boulevards in the metropolitan. 

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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