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Imran Khan’s disqualification: What does Article 63 (1) (p) of Constitution say?

05:39 PM | 21 Oct, 2022
Imran Khan’s disqualification: What does Article 63 (1) (p) of Constitution say?
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ISLAMABAD – In a major blow to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified former prime minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case for making “false statements and incorrect declaration”.

A five-member panel of the ECP announced the verdict, stating the PTI chairman has been disqualified under Article 63(1)(p).

Besides sparking protests in various cities of the country, the verdict has opened a debate whether Imran Khan’s disqualification is for life or for five years. People are searching for interpretation of Article 63 (1) (p) of the Constitution.

Article 63 (1) (p) of the Constitution says an individual is, “for the time being, disqualified from being elected or chosen as a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) or of a provincial assembly under any law for the time being in force”.

Federal Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar said the PTI chief had been disqualified for five years. He said the ECP had disqualified Khan under Article 63 A for five years and ordered registration of a criminal case against him.

However, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the ECP verdict would not apply to the General Elections 2023. The former information minister stated this while responding to a question on Twitter.

The disqualification does not apply to GE 2023? a user asked and Chaudhry replied: “No it does not”. The reply shows that former prime minister is still eligible to contest the next elections.

It is recalled that Supreme Court of Pakistan in its 2021 verdict upheld that ECP has no powers to decide qualification or disqualification of an election candidate or a member of the assembly.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam issued the verdict on an appeal filed by Punjab Assembly member Muhammad Salman who had defeated PTI Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi in PP-2017 (Multan) in last general elections.

"In our view there is no power or jurisdiction inherent in the Commission itself in terms of Article 218(3) to consider the qualification/disqualification of a candidate/member, whether as an independent, standalone issue or as part of an election dispute," read a majority judgment of the court. 

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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