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Election Commission still nonfunctional because of disagreements between lawmakers

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 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 of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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