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Election 2024: US concerned over ‘intimidation, voter suppression’ reports in Pakistan

09:03 AM | 16 Feb, 2024
Election 2024: US concerned over ‘intimidation, voter suppression’ reports in Pakistan
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Amidst protests against purported irregularities in the February 8 elections, the United States has voiced concerns regarding “intimidation and voter suppression” during the polls in Pakistan.

The transparency of the February 8 general elections has been called into question due to significant delays in result announcements and the suspension of mobile services on polling day.

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” stated White House spokesperson John Kirby during a press briefing on Thursday, expressing worries about “intimidation and voter suppression.”

Kirby also mentioned that international monitors are still reviewing the election results and refrained from preempting their findings.

Various parties including PTI, JUI-F, JI, and other nationalist groups have staged sporadic protests alleging rigging and manipulation across the country.

Last week’s elections did not yield a decisive majority for any party, although independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secured 92 seats in the National Assembly, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Doubts have arisen regarding the fairness of the February 8 election, both domestically in Pakistan and in major foreign capitals. Washington had previously criticized what it termed “undue restrictions” on freedom of expression and assembly.

In addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and UN Chief Antonio Guterres have urged Pakistan to investigate the allegations of rigging and work towards reducing political tensions.

However, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar stated on Monday that Pakistan would not investigate the alleged rigging under any external pressure.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 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 - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
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 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
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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