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Commissioner Rawalpindi held secret meeting with PTI leader before explosive presser: reports

03:42 PM | 17 Feb, 2024
Commissioner Rawalpindi held secret meeting with PTI leader before explosive presser: reports
Source: social media

LAHORE - Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha, who earlier in the day resigned over election rigging allegedly held a meeting with PTI leader Mian Aslam Iqbal before his explosive press conference. 

Reports said the commissioner made the allegations against Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and others after holding the meeting with the PTI stalwart. 

They claimed that the top officer had made heavy investment in a housing society named Al Rahman Gardens , adding he also had financial terms with a leading property tycoon. 

Reports claimed that the commissioner played this “political move” to avoid arrest before his retirement scheduled for March 13 as he is facing multiple corruption cases. 

Chatha is facing charges of taking member of Gym Khana illegally and purchasing property at large scales in Defence Phase 8. Reports further said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was investigating a case regarding the Gym Khana membership. 

The commissioner had allegedly called the media to Rawalpindi Stadium in guise of briefing them on PSL arrangements. When reporters, who cover the sports beat, reached there, he announced his resignation over election rigging. Reports said the commissioner had been hold meetings at Gym Khana for several past days.

The allegations, which are yet to be verified independently, comes after the commissioner admitted to his role in election rigging in Rawalpindi Division. He mentioned that returning officers under his command manipulated results for at least 13 political candidates in Rawalpindi Division.

Chatha said he has done injustice to people in Rawalpindi Division. Delving into details, the Commissioner revealed manipulating candidates' votes. He further blamed all administrative institutions including police and the election commission for election fraud.

Chatta said he was handing himself to the police for rigging and he deserved capital punishment. He claimed that candidates who were losing polls were declared winners with lead of 50,000 votes each.

He further mentioned having suicidal thoughts for his role in rigging but then decided to expose everything before the people of Pakistan.

The senior official made shocking remarks when protests erupted across the country with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), JUI-F and other parties alleging widespread electoral fraud in the recently concluded polls.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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