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Newly elected lawmakers of Sindh Assembly take oath amid protests

10:01 AM | 24 Feb, 2024
Newly elected lawmakers of Sindh Assembly take oath amid protests
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KARACHI – The inaugural session of Sindh Assembly held today on Saturday, and members-elect of the provincial legislature took oath.

Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani swore in the newly elected members. The session started after a delay of around 40 minutes. Holy Quran was recited to mark the commencement of the session.

In general polls, Pakistan Peoples Party clinched 84 seats, MQM-P got 28 seats, GDA has three and the JI two.

Sindh Chief Minister

PPP stalwart Murad Ali Shah will become chief minister for the third time, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced on Friday.

The party also picked Awais Shah for the provincial assembly speaker and minority candidate Anthony Naveed for role of provincial assembly deputy speaker.

Sindh Assembly Protests

 Authorities in Sindh have imposed Section 144 in south zone of the provincial capital Karachi to deal with protests as newly elected members of the Sindh Assembly are taking oath in their maiden session today.

Section 144, which forbids the gathering of more than four people at any public place, was enforced at the request of the Sindh IGP and other senior police officials, with the aim of maintaining law and order during the provincial assembly meeting. 

Meanwhile, Burns Road and other arteries leading to Sindh Assembly were closed to divert the traffic flow.

Sindh's interior minister also announced that Section 144 is in effect around the assembly building, prohibiting marches or protests nearby. He warned of strict legal actions against those disrupting peace. 

Police also warned that any violation of these restrictions would lead to legal action by the concerned station house officer (SHO).

Earlier this week, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) announced to protest outside the assembly building against alleged election rigging. 

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 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 - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76

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