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ECP bars political parties, candidates from defaming Army, judiciary in election campaigns

09:23 AM | 21 Nov, 2023
ECP bars political parties, candidates from defaming Army, judiciary in election campaigns
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani authorities have announced the election date after months of speculations and now top political parties are gearing up for the much-anticipated polls, and now the country’s top election watchdog has barred candidates from defaming state institutions.

A report shared by Arab News said Election Commission of Pakistan has restricted political parties from pushing anti-army and anti-judiciary campaigns, and under the latest directives, no parties or candidates will be allowed to disseminate material that ridicule institutions.

ECP, in a draft code of conduct, said political parties, contesting candidates, and election agents shall not propagate any opinion, or act in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality or public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule any Government institution including the judiciary and the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, ECP has not made the document due to some changes and the final version would be issued in a week time.

It maintained that there would be no space for incitement to violence or resort to violence during pre-poll campaigns or during polling hours. No person should use language that could cause violence or resort to violence.

The development comes as the former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, which is in apparently in shambles, remained critic of country’s military establishment, and other agencies.

PTI chief who remained behind bars for over 100 days is standing nowhere in election scenario in wake of sentence in graft case. Khan, 71, is facing over 150 legal cases related to incitement to violence, blasphemy, terrorism and leaking state secrets.

Khan was sentenced under the government of PDM alliance which was led by former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 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 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
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 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
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 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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