VIDEO: Structure around grave of PM Imran Khan's mother demolished as anti-encroachment drive continues in Punjab

Nozair Hanif Mirza 07:02 PM | 14 Dec, 2018
VIDEO: Structure around grave of PM Imran Khan's mother demolished as anti-encroachment drive continues in Punjab
LAHORE – Authorities in Punjab capital have demolished nearly all the illegal constructions at Mian Mir Graveyard, in an anti-encroachment drive launched by Punjab government on the directives of Lahore High Court (LHC).

The graves, where such structures were razed on Friday under the supervision of Cantt Assistant Commissioners Capt (r) Shahmeer Iqbal, included the final resting places of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s mother and other relatives.

The mother of PM Imran, Shaukat Khanum died in 1985 after fighting cancer for years. In her memory, Khan in 1994 founded a chain of research-oriented tertiary level oncology hospitals - under the umbrella of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) - in Lahore and Peshawar. A third hospital is under construction in Karachi.

The SKMCH&RC is Pakistan's largest cancer hospital and home to the largest radiation oncology centre.

Besides targeting the structures around Khanum's grave, the authorities removed the window panes and doors from a number of shrines inside the graveyard in Lahore's Mian Mir area during the anti-encroachment operation.

Custodians of these shrines argue it was an illegal operation as they had already taken approval by the Auqaf department. No written orders were even presented by the authorities, they added while demanding an action against the officials concerned.

Last month, Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi of the LHC had issued the order for removing all illegal settlements across Punjab, especially the provincial capital, during a hearing on a petition filed by a citizen.

Nozair Hanif Mirza
Nozair Hanif Mirza

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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