Elections 2018: Large number of minority candidates in run for general seats

09:36 PM | 23 Jul, 2018
Elections 2018: Large number of minority candidates in run for general seats
LAHORE - A considerable number of minority candidates are contesting the election for general seats of National and provincial assemblies across the country.

Besides the 10 percent quota of minorities in the reserved seats, these contestants are in the run to have their share from 272 general seats of National assembly and 577 of the four provincial assemblies.

Khehal Das Kohistani, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh chapter's minority wing president, is contesting the election for NA-233 Jamshoro.

Neelam Walji, a Hindu woman, is in run for NA-220, Umerkot, also on the PML-N ticket. Diwan Chand Chawla of the Mutahida Qummi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is contesting for NA-236 Malir.

Similarly, Sanjay Parwani, a representative of the Hindu community, is fighting for NA-218 Mirpurkhas on MQM-P ticket against independent candidate Roop Chand, also a Hindu.

Kishan Chand Parwani has been fielded by Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) for NA-216 Sanghar while Sofia Yaqoob, a Christian woman associated with Awami National Party (ANP), is in the run for NA-256 Karachi.

Independent candidate Tulchi Bai is facing Mahesh Malani, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate of upper-caste Hindu, in NA-222 Tharparkar. Two other Hindu candidates, Kanwar Kumar and Kianchand, are also in run for the same seat.

Raj Kumar and Naresh Kumar belonging to the Hindu community are fighting for NA-197 Kashmore, Veero Mal for NA-208 Khairpur Mirs and Raj Kumar for NA-247 Karachi as independent candidates.

Prominent Hindu community leader Ramesh Kumar, who remained part of the last PML-N government, is now fighting for Sindh Assembly seat of PS-43 Matiari on the ticket of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

Similarly, Sunita Parmar Menghwar is contesting for PS-56 Tharparkar as an independent candidate. A Hindu girl, Mariam Bheel, is in the run for PS-51 Umerkot.

Radesh Singh is the only minority candidate, who is contesting an election on a general seat for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly - PK-75 Peshawar.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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