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Supreme Court says lawmakers bound to follow party policy on parliamentary matters

04:56 PM | 24 Mar, 2022
Supreme Court says lawmakers bound to follow party policy on parliamentary matters
Source: Supreme Court website

ISLAMABAD – A five-member bench of Pakistan’s top court conducted a hearing on presidential reference seeking interpretation of Article 63(A).

The bench led by CJP Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, Justice Mazhar Alam, and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel took up the reference along with a plea filed by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

During the hearing, Justice Muneeb Akhtar remarked that lawmakers are bound to follow the party policy and have to vote in accordance with their party’s mandate. Full stop, that’s it, he added.

However, he mentioned that no lawmaker can be marked as a good boy or a bad boy. Chief Justice Bandial stated that Article 63(A) is a discipline of the emerging political system saying it binds the lawmakers to stand by their party no matter even if they are unhappy with it.

Justice Mandokhel remarked that Article 55 stipulates that all the parliamentary proceedings should be done through voting.

Earlier, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan said the political system of South Asian country is based on Article 63(A) or Article 95 saying any desecration could collapse the entire system.

Meanwhile, the apex court issued notices to all provinces and political parties and remarked that it wants all parties to stand in defense of the constitution.

CJP also asked all parties to respect the democratic system while Justice Mazhar Alam expressed dismay at the formation of the tiger force and JUI-F’s Ansar ul Islam.

Meanwhile, a large number of security personnel were deputed in and outside the court with water cannons present nearby.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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