Shireen Mazari quits PTI, condemns May 9 violence

04:41 PM | 23 May, 2023
Shireen Mazari quits PTI, condemns May 9 violence
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ISLAMABAD – In a major setback to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former human rights minister Shireen Mazari on Tuesday parted ways with the party, saying her mother, children and health are now her priorities. 

She made the announcement in a press conference hours after she was taken away by a vigo from Gujrat after a local court ordered her release in a case pertaining to the violence on May 9. 

Mazari said GHQ, Parliament and Supreme Court are state symbols and attacks on them are condemnable, adding: "I am no longer part of PTI and any political party".  

"My daughter had to face difficult time during these 12 days of my detention," she said.

The development comes as the former minister was arrested for the fifth time moments after a court in Gujrat ordered her release in the case pertaining to May 9 violent.

The 72-year-old politician was produced before a judiciary magistrate by police in the case. During the hearing, her lawyer argued that his client did not participated in any protest, adding that the police also lacked evidence.

After hearing arguments, the judge ordered the police to release Mazari. However, as the senior politician came out of the courtroom, she was taken away by a “Vigo” vehicle, marking her arrest for the fifth time.

Mazari was first arrested by police in the federal capital earlier this month in the wake of violent witnessed during the PTI protests that had erupted in various cities across the country following the arrest of Imran Khan.  


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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