In speech after Elahi's defeat in Punjab CM election, Imran hits out at Zardari, invokes SC

PTI supporters hold midnight protests in several parts of Pakistan on ousted PM's call

Web Desk 10:56 PM | 22 Jul, 2022
In speech after Elahi's defeat in Punjab CM election, Imran hits out at Zardari, invokes SC
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LAHORE – Ousted prime minister Imran Khan addressed his supporters across Pakistan after PML-N candidate Hamza Shahbaz retained the office of the Punjab chief minister despite securing less vote than PTI-backed candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.

Elahi was declared loser in the run off election held in the Punjab Assembly building on Friday evening after Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari rejected 10 votes cast in his favour. Mazari was of the view that PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujat had written him a letter, asking him not to count votes of his party's MPAs if they vote against Hamza.

Speaking to his supporters, Khan urged them to come out on the streets and register their protest, adding that now the Supreme Court should play its role in light of Hamza's shock win over Parvez in the Punjab CM election.

"I am in shock at what happened in the Punjab Assembly," he said referring to Mazari's ruling to not count PML-Q votes — a decision that decreased Parvez's votes from 186 to 176.

"Last night, Asif Zardari reached Lahore. We knew that he had to play a game. For 30 years, he has ruined the country. He buys democracy through black money."

Khan said the developments of the day were similar to what was allegedly done prior to his ouster from the top office on April 10.

"This circus that we are seeing, it first happened in the Sindh House," he referred to him losing his party MNAs ahead of the no-confidence move in March.

"A mandi (market) was set up. Our children were seeing it. Every child has social media these days. There was a market set up where the price of the conscience of public leaders and parliamentarians was ascertained.

"The way goats and sheep are sold ... the same way members of the parliament were being sold. Even there, the biggest culprit was the biggest dacoit Asif Zardari. He has gone to jail and still rules over Sindh. He became the part of an imported conspiracy".

"I am telling the nation today. You have to do peaceful protest. Until and unless you do that, nothing will happen. Register your protest. You have to tell that we are humans, and not sheep. Register your protest today so that they know the Pakistani nation is alive. Tell them that you wont let these dacoits steal the mandate of the public."

Referring to Mazari's ruling, Khan said: "It has clearly been written in Article 63-A that the parliamentary party's head issues instructions for vote. Shujaat Hussain's letter is not valid.

"This man who is the speaker (Mazari) has no shame that votes have been cast and we have won and then he goes and awards the win to someone else.

Khan, whose party has decided to challenge the deputy speaker's ruling in the Supreme Court, also addressed the top judiciary in his address.

"I also want to urge the Supreme court that things are clear in front of you. I have done jihad against Zardari and Sharifs for years. I was pressured to give them NRO but I refused. Both of them looted the country," he said.

"Until and unless we bring these dacoits under the rule of law, there is no future for this country. Remember that our children are seeing this."

Following Imran's call, party supporters and activists took to the streets in various cities including Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi protesting against the triumph of Hamza in the Punjab CM election through "unfair means".

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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 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
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 35.43
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 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
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 – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

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

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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