Relief for PTI's Shehryar Afridi, Shandana Gulzar after IHC suspends detention order

03:34 PM | 16 Aug, 2023
Relief for PTI's Shehryar Afridi, Shandana Gulzar after IHC suspends detention order
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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended an order regarding detention of PTI leaders Shehryar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar, ordering their immediate release.

Justice Babar Sattar heard the petitions filed by Afridi and Shandana against their prolonged detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon attended the today’s hearing to represent the district magistrate while Inspector General Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and both PTI leaders were also present.  

The high court also said it will indict DC Memon and a senior superintendent of police (SSP) for contempt of court.

The decision comes a day after the high court issued show-cause notices to the DC, IG, the city chief commissioner and other police officials for “criminal contempt of court for abuse of authority to obstruct dispensation of justice and cause diversion to the course of justice”.

It had sought written replies from the said officials “as to why they should not be punished by the court for obstruction of justice”. The judge ordered the contempt proceedings against them for submitting unsatisfactory replies.

Shehreyar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar were held by the police for their alleged involvement in the May 9 riots. Afridi was first arrested on May 16 from Islamabad under Section 3 of the MPO Ordinance, 1960. He was rearrested on May 30 under the same section shortly after his release from the jail.

On August 3, the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench granted him bail but he was again arrested after his release from Adiala jail. Later, his lawyer moved the IHC against his detention.

Meanwhile, Shandana Gulzar was “allegedly” picked by the Islamabad police on August 9. A petition was later filed by her mother in the IHC against his detention under 3 MPO.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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