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Sindh govt's protest forces PM Shehbaz to undo IRSA chairman's appointment

08:05 PM | 14 Mar, 2024
Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah meets PM Shehbaz Sharif
Source: File photo

KARACHI – A strong protest by the Sindh government apparently forced Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday to withdraw his order on appointment of the new chairman of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA).

Just a day ago, Sharif had ordered appointment of Zafar Mahmood, a retired grade 22 officer of the federal government, as IRSA chairman. On Thursday, Prime Minister’s Office issued a notification, withdrawing Sharif's previous order on appointment of Mahmood as IRSA chairman.

The move comes a day after Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah contacted PM Shehbaz and conveyed his concerns about Mahmood's appointment.

In the past, Mahmood has served as secretary of establishment division, commerce ministry, water and power ministry as well as Wapda chairman. On March 12, Sharif okayed Mahmood's name as IRSA chairman. 

According to Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Shah reminded the premier about the Council of Common Interests' (CCI) decision that IRSA chairman will be appointed from different provinces on rotation basis. He said that Shehbaz accepted Sindh chief minister’s view and assured him of removal of the new IRSA chairman. 

The new IRSA chairman was appointed for a period of three years under the IRSA Ordinance, which was meant to restructure the authority. However, the Sindh government objected to this decision, saying it was a violation of the constitutional procedures.

The Sindh cabinet too expressed its reservations about Mahmood's appointment as IRSA chairman.

Speaking to journalists in Karachi on Thursday, Murad said that IRSA should work independently, without being influenced by the federal government. He said the caretaker government promulgated the amended IRSA ordinance, which paved the way for inclusion of a member from the Centre.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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