Election Commission still nonfunctional because of disagreements between lawmakers

Ali Zain 12:50 PM | 22 Jul, 2016
Election Commission still nonfunctional because of disagreements between lawmakers
ISLAMABAD - Even though the constitutional deadline for appointment of the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is set to expire on July 25, the government and opposition parties have still not finalized a list of appointees to the Commission, choosing, instead, to break the deadlock by referring the matter to a 12-member parliamentary committee.

Talking to newsmen after a meeting on Thursday, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar both conceded that the government and opposition had reached a deadlock on names of the three members. They also informed media that they were in agreement on one name.

Dar said that the 12 names submitted separately by the opposition and the government were being sent to parliamentary committee, further extending his hope that the names would be finalized within the deadline of 45 days.

Responding to a question, opposition leader Khursheed Shah said the names given by the government and the opposition included the names of retired judges, bureaucrats, and technocrats. He, however, refused to share the names with media.

On June 12, four members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) retired after the completion of their terms. According to the Constitution of Pakistan, the vacant positions must be filled within 45 days.

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 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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