ISLAMABAD – British High Commissioner Jane Marriott held a meeting with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) chairman as the South Asia country is gearing for polls.
The “important introductory meeting” with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja has raised eyebrows as it comes days US Ambassador Donald Blome held a meeting with the ECP chief.
Marriot shares development on social media platform X, saying: “Important introductory meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja at @ECP_Paksitan today”.
“We agreed that it’s crucial the country sees free, credible, transparent and inclusive elections in line with the law,” she wrote.
Important introductory meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja at @ECP_Paksitan today.— Jane Marriott (@JaneMarriottUK) September 13, 2023
We agreed that it’s crucial the country sees free, credible, transparent and inclusive elections in line with the law.
PTI is among others, who have raised questions over meetings of the diplomats with the CEC. PTI spokesperson Raoof Hasan in a social media post said visit of Marriot to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) office “defies logic as to its merit & intentions”.
“Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its detailed judgement, held the CEC guilty of violation of the constitution by refusing to hold elections within the stipulated period. He is now repeating his performance in lieu of the national elections which constitute the bedrock of democracy in the country. Calling upon a contemner of the constitution is like applauding him for his misdeeds,” he added.
Visit of @JaneMarriottUK to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) office defies logic as to its merit & intentions. Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its detailed judgement, held the CEC guilty of violation of the constitution by refusing to hold elections within the stipulated…— Raoof Hasan (@RaoofHasan) September 13, 2023
“Will she allow such an act to be enacted in her own country? Are we revisiting a colonial past? Like they say, old habits die hard. It is time for @JaneMarriottUK to walk out of that horrid past, stop acting the vicereine & display some consideration to the dominant public sentiment,” he questioned.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|