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PML-N still holds Punjab strongly under Shehbaz Sharif

Saba Yousaf 08:32 PM | 20 Apr, 2018
PML-N still holds Punjab strongly under Shehbaz Sharif
Punjab is the most densely populated province of the country with over 110 million people. The politicians usually target this part of the country as they want reinforcement slash conversion of the voters that ultimately decides for the future of their party and political careers. As fair as it may sound, there is an absurd habit that has developed over a course of years among these politicians. The only way they see in presenting themselves as the sole figure to ‘solve all problems of people’ is by defaming, leg pulling, slandering and cursing the ones who are in power. They won’t miss a chance to target any development project.

If you’re someone who sees the glass as half full, you may think the criticism on these developmental projects implies that there are ‘development projects’ going on in the country for good.

The sitting Chief Minister of Punjab is ruling the biggest province for the third time in total. For the first time, Shahbaz Sharif was nominated and took oath as the chief minister of Punjab by the party in 1997. But he held up this office till October, 1999, until Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency in the country.

For the second time, Shahbaz Sharif took oath as chief minister but got de-seated as a result of governor’s rule in Punjab. He took to the streets after the imposition of governor’s rule and succeeded in restoring its government back in March 2009 and completed his term as chief minister.

In the 2013 elections, he became the first person to get elected for the office for third term. Hence, up until now, he has been selected as Chief Minister of the Punjab for three times in total that makes his political career unique than his other counterparts.

Usually in Pakistan, it never happens that people elect the same members to rule their province again. Either the politicians and their parties lose their popularity among the people or they are completely being wiped out of the political scenario of the country. For instance, the PML-Q’s tenure ended in 2008 with an end to the political journey even after bagging some decent projects/reforms to their name. One may think it perhaps is due to the consistent performance of Shehbaz Sharif and the vision he had that urged him to pursue the projects even after bearing heat from everyone alike.

Kamran Khan, the host of a prime time show in Pakistan, featured an independent survey made by a notable journalist naming Habib Akram, who “visited 42 constituencies so far in order to know the voters pulse”. He visited 26 constituencies out of 30 in Punjab, and concluded that PML-N’s position in these constituencies is still going strong, there isn’t any change of opinions among the general public as they are satisfied with the performance. Akram started from Rawalpindi and ended in Rahim Yar Khan, he chose random people from the streets for his survey and concluded that there are high chances of repetition of 2013 election results in 2018’s election.

So, can we say that PML-N has a fair chance to make their government in Punjab for third consecutive time? That never happened in Pakistan. Some may see this as monarchy but the truth is, people are the ultimate authority in deciding who they want to choose as leader. If they have elected same people in the biggest province of Pakistan for three times already and still its chances are rock solid, there must be something that others did not offer to them.

CM Shehbaz has a worldwide reputation of a guy who delivers, he likes to be called Khadim-e-Aala or ‘Servant-in-chief’, and we have seen countless projects initiated by him. He stayed persistent even after facing very intense criticism. The reputation is not built over night, one have to work hard to earn it. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has also stepped up their preparations for the general elections in order to avoid any last-minute problems in the gigantic exercise.

As for now, the opposition needs to come up with better speeches, new and improved ideas, upgraded agendas and that extra oomph that takes to turn the tables, which however is not as easy as it may sound.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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