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Senators condemn ECP over ‘rigging’ in Feb 8 polls

02:26 PM | 20 Feb, 2024
Senators condemn ECP over ‘rigging’ in Feb 8 polls

ISLAMABAD – Opposition Senators expressed strong condemnation on Tuesday over the alleged rigging in the February 8 elections and criticised Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja for what they perceived as his failure to ensure transparency in the polls.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) demanded CEC Raja’s resignation, accusing him of overseeing fake elections that would lead to a fraudulent government. Ahmed levelled serious allegations against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), accusing it of committing treason and demanding accountability under Article 6 of the constitution.

He called for the return of the Rs50 billion allocated for the elections and the formation of an autonomous judicial commission to investigate irregularities, particularly regarding Form 45.

Furthermore, Ahmed criticised the suspension of the social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), alleging economic and educational damage and asserting that it infringed on people’s rights. He insisted on the restoration of all social media platforms without restrictions.

Irfan Siddiqui of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) challenged the PTI’s stance on alleged rigging, highlighting contradictions in their approach to election results.

PTI Senator Waleed Iqbal expressed dissatisfaction with the role of returning officers (ROs) and demanded accountability for their alleged acceptance of bribes. He questioned the justification for internet shutdowns during the night when polling had already concluded.

Senator Shafiq Tareen of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) called for an investigation into the alleged bribery of ROs, claiming that billions of rupees were exchanged to influence election outcomes. He lamented the theft of the people’s mandate and criticized the manipulation of results, including the case where a withdrawn candidate was declared the winner.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

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

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
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 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
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 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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