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Parliament springs into action against honor killing, rape after Qandeel's murder

Haider Ali 11:45 AM | 22 Jul, 2016
Parliament springs into action against honor killing, rape after Qandeel's murder
ISLAMABAD - A committee of joint session of parliament on Thursday approved the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Anti-Honour Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2016, a little over a week after controversial social media sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother at their family residence in Multan on the pretext of honor.

The murder of Baloch has caused civil society and legislators alike to raise concerns about the lack of severe punishment for perpetrators of honor killings. Under Pakistan's existing laws, those involved in killing family members for honor may be pardoned by other family members and can therefore escape punishment.

Under the proposed new "Anti-Honour Killings" law, relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer from being sentence to capital punishment. However, perpetrators will still face a mandatory life sentence of twelve-and-a-half years.

Legislators have also proposed life imprisonment of 25 years for perpetrators even if they are pardoned by family under the Qisas or Diyat laws. Under the new legislation, this life-sentence will also be non-commutable.

On the other hand, in the anti-rape bill, a provision to conduct DNA tests on both the alleged victim and perpetrator has been added for the first time in the country's history. Rape of minors, as well as the mentally and physically ill, will also become punishable by death.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid chaired the meeting of the joint committee. He announced that the report about both the bills would likely be presented before the joint session of parliament in the first week of August for eventual passage.

Right after the committee meeting, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the Prime Minister, took to Twitter and revealed how the proposed laws would progress in Parliament.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.

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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 4, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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