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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 rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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