ECP reserves verdict on Imran Khan's petition challenging its jurisdiction

Mahmood Idrees 02:54 PM | 25 Jul, 2017
ECP reserves verdict on Imran Khan's petition challenging its jurisdiction

ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan challenging the jurisdiction of the commission to initiate contempt of court proceedings against him.

A five-member tribunal of the ECP, headed by the Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan, resumed hearing of a case lodged by Akbar S Babar, seeking Khan's disqualification. The commission would announce the verdict on August 10.

Khan through his counsel, Babar Awan, submitted to the ECP that cases related to contempt of court could only be taken up by the Supreme Court and High Courts against an individual, adding that the commission could not initiate it.

Awan wanted to where the PTI chief would file an appeal against the verdict if it is unfavourable.

The commission had served the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his controversial remarks about the ECP.

However, the petitioner had informed the ECP that the PTI chief had accused the commission of being biased in the foreign funding case.

During the hearing, the petitioner's counsel asked the ECP to start contempt of court proceedings against Khan by issuing a show-cause notice to him.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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