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LHC orders police not to arrest Imran Khan till Thursday

More than 60 people, including Islamabad DIG, injured during past 24 hours

03:19 PM | 15 Mar, 2023
LHC orders police not to arrest Imran Khan till Thursday
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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed police to stop operation at Zaman Park and not to arrest PTI chairman Imran Khan till tomorrow (March 16) after hours-long clashes outside the residence of the ex-prime minister.

LHC’s Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh issued the directives while hearing a petition filed by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry seeking to stop the police action outside Zaman Park. The hearing was attended by Punjab Inspector General Usman Anwar, the provincial chief secretary and other officials.

During the hearing, Imran Khan’s lawyer said law enforcers’ action was a clear violation of fundamental rights, adding that the residence of the PTI chief had become a war zone since yesterday.

For his part, Punjab Advocate General Shaun Gill said that LHC could not take up the Fawad Chaudhry’s petition as matter was pending before the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Meanwhile, the IHC has directed the PTI to submit an undertaking in the trial court that he would attend the hearing on March 18.

Earlier, violent clashes between supporters of the former prime minister and law enforcers continued for a second day outside Zaman Park after a large contingent of paramilitary Rangers joined police to help arrest him in a case related to sale of state gifts.

Police used tear-gas and water cannons to push back supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who gathered near the residence of party chief in Punjab capital to block his arrest.

As defiant leader dodged arrest, his supporters brave massive tear gas and strong water cannons and even pelted stones at the police party. As the capital force and Punjab police had to pull back, Rangers personnel entered into the scene to avert the extreme situation on Tuesday.

More than 60 people, including Islamabad Police's operations chief, have so far been reported injured. Dozens of PTI workers were detained and moved to different locations. 

Meanwhile, the former premier called on his supporters to continue the struggle for the rule of law, and ensure that they continue the efforts no matter what, and come out on the streets. Khan said If he got detained or killed, "the fight for Haqeeqi Azadi must continue."

In his recent interview, the PTI chief told international media that officials are acting outside the law. Imran said there was no reason for cops to arrest him as he had taken protective bail. The populist leader however maintained that he is mentally prepared for going to jail.

PTI chief claimed whether he is behind bars or not, the ruling alliance will not be able to stop his party from winning the upcoming polls.

Charged workers of the former ruling party have also staged protests across major cities including Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta.

The recent clashes stemmed from Khan’s negligent behavior as he avoided appearances before the court since last year when he suffered a gun attack at a protest rally and continued rhetoric that he was not fit to travel from Lahore to Islamabad and face security threats.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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