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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Miftah Ismail unveil 'Awam Pakistan' party

03:25 PM | 21 Jun, 2024
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After months of anticipation, a new political party has emerged on Pakistan’s political landscape. Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail have officially launched "Awam Pakistan."

The party made its debut on social media, introducing its slogan: "Awam Pakistan: Badlein Nizam" (Change the System). The first post on their social media accounts featured a video depicting citizens expressing frustration over various national issues, including inflation, gas and electricity shortages, corruption, unemployment, and the lack of schools for girls.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, and former PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar have been working on this project since leaving their respective parties in 2022 and 2023 due to policy disagreements. Prior to this, they formed the Political Mavericks group, which held nationwide seminars under the banner of "Reimagining Pakistan" in 2023 to address the country's challenges.

Abbasi has been named the convener of Awam Pakistan's organizing committee, with Miftah Ismail serving as his deputy.

While Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar is no longer part of the group, sources indicate this is because he wanted to delay the party’s launch until the Islamabad High Court's decision on the NA-47 Islamabad elections, in which he participated on February 8. However, other members favored an immediate launch.

Several former leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) have already joined the new party, along with renowned professionals from various fields. According to Miftah Ismail, the organizing committee includes former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Senator Javed Abbasi, and former MQM MNA Sheikh Salahuddin.

Founding Members

The founding members of Awam Pakistan include former PML-N MNA Rana Zahid Tauseef from Faisalabad, former Health Minister Zafar Mirza, former MPA Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Hazara activist Fatima Atif, Sindhi nationalist leader Anwar Soomro, legal expert Abdul Moiz Jafferi, and former HEC chairman Tariq Javed Banuri.

With its diverse leadership and clear focus on addressing the pressing issues faced by Pakistani citizens, Awam Pakistan aims to bring significant change to the political landscape of the country.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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