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‘Bench-fixing is also a crime like match-fixing,’ Maryam targets judiciary ahead of SC hearing on Punjab CM election

11:19 AM | 25 Jul, 2022
‘Bench-fixing is also a crime like match-fixing,’ Maryam targets judiciary ahead of SC hearing on Punjab CM election
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Monday expressed concerns over dual standards of judiciary in cases against PML-N, its coalition partners and PTI.

She was addressing a fiery press conference along with leaders of coalition partners, including Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Khalid Magsi, Mohsin Dawar and Aimal Wali Khan, ahead of the hearing of a petition against Punjab chief minister’s election in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Last week, a three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb, clipped powers of Hamza Shahbaz as chief minister after PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi challenged his election in the top court. The apex court remarked that Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari’s ruling to reject PML-Q’s ten votes is prima facie wrong.

Maryam Nawaz expressed concerns over the three-member bench as she feared one-sided decision in the Punjab CM election case. “Bench fixing is also crime similar to match fixing,” she said while demanding the chief justice to form a full court bench to hear the petition.

She said that institutions are insulted from within and not outside, adding that an entire case is blown up with one wrong decision. “Rights decisions trigger no criticism,” she said.

Maryam said that ever since Hamza became the chief minister, PTI leaders have been repeatedly approaching the top court.

Referring to the PTI's July 22 petition against the chief minister's election, Maryam said that the workers of the Imran Khan’s party broken into the building of the top court’s Lahore registry, adding that it was opened in the night to facilitate PTI.

She recalled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was removed on a baseless Iqama case, adding that it was also for the first time in Pakistan’s history that the court formed joint investigation teams against PML-N.

“I was put in death cell but Imran Khan’s sister was asked to pay fine and get free,” she highlighted, adding that the top court also closed various cases against PTI government, including BRT.

Fazlur Rahaman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other coalition partners endorsed Maryam Nawaz’s statement and demanded that a full court bench to hear case against Punjab CM election.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
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 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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