Army troops to be deployed at polling stations in NA-120 by-polls

11:19 AM | 24 Aug, 2017
Army troops to be deployed at polling stations in NA-120 by-polls
LAHORE - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued orders on Thursday for the deployment of army troops at the polling stations in the upcoming NA-120 by-election.

The commission wrote a letter to the Ministry of Defence, directing that army troops be stationed inside and outside the polling stations falling in the constituency NA-120.

The ECP stated that the troops would perform their duties until the end of the polling time, 5 PM generally.

ECP's order follows requests by Returning Officers of said constituency who sought the deployment of army troops for the by-poll scheduled to be held on September 17.

Earlier, the commission had also confirmed that at selected stations, electronic voting would be carried out on trial basis.

The National Assembly seat had fallen vacant after a five-member bench of the supreme court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing his employment with Capital FZE, a firm owned by his younger son Hassan, in the Panama papers case.

Ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz fielded former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz for the polls while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf pitched the same candidate Dr Yasim Rashid who lost to Nawaz Sharif in 2013 elections.

Although Yasim is campaigning to muster support for upcoming elections but Kulsoom Nawaz owing to diagnosis of Lymphoma, headed to London and is currently undergoing treatment.

It is highly likely that she would not be able to take active part in the electoral campaign, however, political observers are of the view that due to stronghold of ruling party, Kulsoom has an edge over her PTI rival.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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