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Justice (r) Maqbool Baqar set to take up Sindh reins as caretaker CM

09:34 AM | 15 Aug, 2023
Justice (r) Maqbool Baqar set to take up Sindh reins as caretaker CM
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KARACHI – Sindh ruling alliance and opposition parties decided to appoint former Sindh High Court chief justice Maqbool Baqar as the caretaker chief minister of the southeastern region.

Baqar’s name was finalised after extended consultations between outgoing Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the Leader of Opposition in the dissolved provincial assembly Rana Ansar. Sindh announced his name hours soon before the deadline was about to expire.

Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori gave assent to the appointment of Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar as caretaker Chief Minister under Article 224 (1A) of the Constitution.

The former Supreme Court judge will take oath as caretaker chief minister today on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mr. Baqar expressed his desire to play his role in upholding the law and the Constitution.

In his interaction with a local media outlet, he said holding polls was a key responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and he would assist the election body as per the law and the constitution.

Calling the current situation difficult, Baqir said he would try to resolve the people's problems.

Profile: Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar

Justice Maqbool Baqar hailed from the country’s largest city Karachi. He got his basic education in the port city and completed his Law degree from the University of Karachi in 1979.

He started his career as an advocate in the Sindh High Court in the 80s, and after decades of practice, Baqar became Additional Judge High Court in 2002. From 2002-2015, he served as a judge of the Sindh High Court and was elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan three years later.

He penned several key judgments, including some high-profile political cases, and the Baldia factory fire case. Justice (retd) Baqar also gave dissenting notes in Justice Qazi Faez Isa vs Federation of Pakistan.

Known for his critique of the judiciary, he was attacked by a militant outfit in a bomb explosion back in 2013. The former jurist suffered injured with law enforcers and later underwent surgery.

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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