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Kasur rally: Imran Khan slams PM Nawaz over poor healthcare, Rs12b publicity campaign

06:01 PM | 22 Jan, 2017
Kasur rally: Imran Khan slams PM Nawaz over poor healthcare, Rs12b publicity campaign
KASUR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan slammed the incumbent government over non-provision of heath and other basic necessities to the masses on Sunday, claiming that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spent at least Rs12 billion from the national treasury on advertisements.

Addressing his supporters at a rally in Kasur district of Punjab, the PTI chief said that the present rulers have been in power for nearly 30 years, but the situation in public hospitals could not be improved. “These insensitive rulers have no idea of conditions in public hospitals,” Imran said.

“Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Peshawar was built at a cost of Rs4bn. It is a bigger and a more modern facility than Jinnah Hospital in Lahore," Khan added.

Referring to the heart wrenching death of Zohra Bibi who died in Jinnah Hospital’s corridor after being denied treatment at three major hospitals, Imran Khan said that people are forced to breathe their last on the hospital floor as there are not enough beds available for patients. "They (rulers) themselves go abroad for medical check-ups and consider it below their dignity to go to a hospital in the country," he added.

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Speaking at the rally, the PTI chairman hoped that Supreme Court’s decision in the ongoing Panamagate case will have far reaching effects on Pakistan’s future. “It is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that a serving prime minister is being held accountable over corruption,” he added.

He also went on to claim that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panamagate scandal. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panama Leaks case," Khan said, adding if the letter by a Qatari prince turns out to be bogus then the PM will have to go home.

He regretted that the nation's wealth is laundered out of country and this is actual Panama case.

Khan strongly criticized the prime minister for asking for immunity regarding his speech in the Parliament. "A lay man goes to prison for speaking a lie, but they (rulers) want immunity for doing the same."

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"I am glad that people took to streets on my call. Our activists were jailed but they could not be unnerved," Khan said.

He contended that the youth of the country will not have a future unless corruption is not rooted out from the country.

Where Imran Khan grilled the government for levying heavy taxes and making the poor nation more poor with increasing foreign debts, he appreciated China for lifting 700 million people out of poverty.

“China helped their farmers, it helped set up small industries. China spent money on education and helped its people with healthcare,” Khan added.

“Look at what they have done to our farmers, look at our farmers in comparison to Indian farmers whose fertilizer, tube wells etc, all facilitated by their government which boosted their productivity.”

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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