A single bench of the Lahore High Court, headed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, heard the case pertaining to a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) MPA Mansoor Sarwar Khan.
In his plea, Sarwar had contended that members of provincial and national assemblies must be allowed to campaign for elections otherwise voters would not be able to identify the candidates with the party they are backed by.
“How a political gathering can be called election campaign without the participation of party leaders," he questioned, maintaining that the restriction imposed by the ECP was in violation of fundamental rights and questioned:
His plea stated that the lack of electoral campaigning created hurdles for the party in some constituencies such as PP-196 in Multan.
The court allowed parliamentarians as well as party leaders to campaign on the condition that they would not announce any development schemes such as building new roads and other infrastructure projects.
The court said that if parties indulge in discussing development schemes, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has the right to take action against them.
Punjab Election Commissioner Zaffar Iqbal was also present during the hearing.
Earlier on May 22, a deputy attorney general had told the court that the code of conduct was made with the consultation of political parties to keep the election process impartial and peaceful.
Previously, the ECP had barred PTI Chairman Imran Khan from campaigning for his party’s candidates in by-elections in three constituencies of the national and provincial assemblies.
Through a notification, the ECP had modified its earlier notifications issued to bar public office-holders from influencing in any way the results of by-polls that were held on June 8 in NA-108 (Mandi Bahauddin) and PP-196 (Multan) in Punjab and PK-56 (Mansehra) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
To the surprise of many, probably for the first time in the country’s electoral history, the modified notification had included members of national and provincial assemblies in the list of public office-holders barred from visiting the constituencies after announcement of the election schedule.
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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||331.71||332.41|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.08||35.43|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.19||176.19|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,400 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,360.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Karachi||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Islamabad||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Peshawar||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Quetta||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Sialkot||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Attock||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Gujranwala||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Jehlum||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Multan||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Gujrat||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Nawabshah||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Chakwal||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Hyderabad||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Nowshehra||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Sargodha||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Faisalabad||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|
|Mirpur||PKR 203,400||PKR 2,350|