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PHC dismisses SIC plea seeking reserved seats

01:13 PM | 14 Mar, 2024
PHC dismisses SIC plea seeking reserved seats

PESHAWAR – The Peshawar High Court dismissed a petition brought by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-supported Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) challenging a ruling by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The ruling had denied reserved seats to the party.

"The petitions are unanimously rejected," stated the court. Today, the PHC resumed its hearing, overseen by a five-member bench led by Chief Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, with Justices Ijaz Anwar, Ishtiaq Ibrahim, Shakeel Ahmad, and Arshad Ali in attendance.

During arguments, SIC's lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, pointed out that the Constitution does not specify when a party must submit a list of names for reserved seats to the ECP.

He argued that there's no explicit prohibition against resubmitting the list or a deadline for its submission. Barrister Zafar further contended that the ECP could have issued a second schedule, as it did for the general elections.

He emphasized that the ECP was obligated to allocate 78 seats to the SIC, which it failed to do.

The court questioned whether the case concerned reserved seats nationwide. Barrister Zafar clarified that the petition specifically addressed the National and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

It’s worth noting that the ECP had declined to allocate 20 reserved seats for women and three minority seats to the SIC.

Barrister Zafar mentioned that the ECP had deferred its decision on this matter. However, during this period, six separate applications were submitted, contesting the allocation of reserved seats to the SIC.

These applicants argued that since the SIC did not participate in the general elections and did not submit a list of candidates for reserved seats before the elections, these seats should be distributed among other parties instead.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

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 - 22 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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