Erdogan declares state of emergency as crackdown against coup plotters continues

Ali Zain 09:11 AM | 21 Jul, 2016
Erdogan declares state of emergency as crackdown against coup plotters continues
ANKARA - In the wake of a nationwide crackdown following Friday's failed coup attempt in Turkey, President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has declared a state of emergency for three months in the country.

Under the emergency rules, the Erdogan-led government is expected to take swift and decisive steps against the forces who plotted the coup and the supporters of Fethullah Gullen - a Turkish cleric who has been blamed for planning the coup by Erdogan.

The emergency law will allow the president and the cabinet to bypass the parliament to introduce new laws and to limit or suspend the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens.

Announcing the emergency rule, the Turkish president said that it was the most suitable and required measurement to identify and punish all those who had committed high treason by attempting a coup against his government.

"The purpose of the declaration of the state of emergency is to quicken the effective action against all the dangers for democracy, the rule of law and rights of our citizens," said Erdogan.

Referring to the recent criticism by Western countries of his government's vast crackdown after the failed coup, he said the West had no rights to criticize him for imposing emergency.

Prior to imposing the emergency law, President Erdogan held a nearly five-hour-long meeting of the Turkish National Security Council.

In a statement released before the meeting, he said the purge within the higher ranks of government was not over yet. He also shared his suspicion that foreign countries were involved in the attempt to overthrow his government.

On the occasion, he categorically denied the allegation that he was becoming authoritarian after the coup.

"We will remain within a democratic parliamentary system and never step out of it," he maintained.

About 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended, detained or are under investigation since the Friday's military coup attempt. 360 serving generals were also among those detained by Erdogan government.

Meanwhile, more than 20,000 teachers and administrators have also been suspended from the Education Ministry and several academics have been barred from travelling abroad.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


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 03, 2023 (Friday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
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 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 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 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

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 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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