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SC issues show-cause notices to Faisal Vawda, Mustafa Kamal over remarks against judiciary

11:44 AM | 17 May, 2024
SC issues show-cause notices to Faisal Vawda, Mustafa Kamal over remarks against judiciary

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Senator Faisal Vawda and MQM-P MNA Mustafa Kamal, requesting their responses to recent comments made against the judiciary.

This action was taken by a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and including Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, during proceedings of a suo motu notice regarding independent Senator Vawda.

During a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Vawda criticised the judiciary, urging an end to the trend of targeting institutions. He questioned the timing of Justice Sattar's allegations and emphasized the need for evidence before making accusations.

PML-N's Talal Chaudhry also held separate press conference, questioning the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges’ claims of interference by intelligence agencies in judicial matters.

They asserted that without evidence, no one should accuse the institutions. The following day, MNAs Mustafa Kamal of MQM-Pakistan and Awn Chaudhry of Istehkam-i-Pakistan Party also criticised the judiciary's alleged failures and called for the establishment of ethical standards for judges.

Kamal claimed the judiciary had set "ethical standards" for politicians and that judges' dual citizenship was a "big question mark," demanding accountability from the judiciary. Awn warned that the issue could lead to "anarchy in the country."

In late March, six judges from the Islamabad High Court wrote to the Supreme Judicial Council regarding pressure on judges through abduction, torture of relatives, and secret surveillance. Justice Babar Sattar also highlighted breaches of personal data during the audio leaks case.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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