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Punjab CM Elahi secures trust vote after late-night drama

Opposition cries foul, boycotts assembly session

09:11 AM | 12 Jan, 2023
Punjab CM Elahi secures trust vote after late-night drama

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi secured the vote of confidence as 186 lawmakers of the Punjab Assembly voted in his favor amid a chaotic session held during the early hours of Thursday.

The opposition walked out from the session, decrying Elahi’s behavior. Wednesday's session was dragged late into Thursday and then a new session started after midnight with the vote of confidence on the agenda.

Elahi, a confidante of Imran Khan, remained absent from the house all day and came to attend the meeting of the parliamentary party as a request for a vote of confidence in the assembly secretariat was submitted by Raja Basharat.

His entry on the assembly floor was met with protests and chants from the PML-N and PPP members.

The members were flocked to the floor after bells were ringing for five minutes.

Speaker Sibtain Khan, who presided over the session, announced that Elahi had received 186 votes — exactly the number required to retain his position and one less than the 187 that PTI leaders had claimed to have prior to voting.

The lawmakers of the ruling and opposition side chanted slogans against each other, causing a ruckus in the assembly.

The recent turmoil is linked with Imran Khan' call to dissolve the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, and to prevent CM from dissolving the assembly, opposition parties submitted a no-confidence motion against Elahi. 

Opposition to move court against trust vote

Sparking with media, the PML-N stalwart and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah called session proceedings against Constitution, accusing speaker Captain Khan, and another member of ‘bulldozing the vote of confidence’.

Sanaullah alleged that PTI backed government failed to get required numbers, calling it a reason why the speaker rejected their demand of making opposition part of the counting process.

The federal government may think of imposing governor rule in Punjab, Rana hinted during the media interaction.

PML-N leader Ata Tarar mentioned moving court against the vote of confidence.

Security beefed up at PA

A large contingent of police personnel gathered outside the assembly led by Lahore CCPO Ghulam Mehmood Dogar.

All SSPs of Lahore were also directed to gather at the assembly on the directions of top officials.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

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 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 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 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
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 207 209
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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