CJP Bandial says delay in polls creates space for negative forces

05:48 PM | 25 May, 2023
CJP Bandial says delay in polls creates space for negative forces
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ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial remarked Thursday that negative forces got space to play tricks on the country when elections are delayed.

He made the remarks while hearing of the review petition filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against the top court's April 4 ruling to conduct elections in Punjab on May 14.

In its petition, the top election body contended that it was not the made of the apex court to give date for elections.

As ECP lawyer Sajeel Swati started submitting arguments during today’s hearing, the CJP got irritated and asked him to come to the main point instead brushing aside the case.

The ECP counsel argued that top court’s rules could not curtail constitutional powers. Noting his point, Justice Ahsan directed him to proceed.

The full court has ruled in several cases that the scope of the review was not limited,” Swati said. At this, Justice Akhtar reiterated the Supreme Court Rules will become null and void if the ECP lawyer’s arguments are accepted.

At one point, Justice Ahsan inquired: “If a provincial assembly is dissolved in six months, will the caretaker government will serve for remaining four and a half years? Will we wait for the dissolution of the National Assembly for that period?”

Swati replied that the caretaker government would continue to serve in the respective province for 4 and a half years. He argued Article 254 extended support to a delay of 90 days in holding of elections.

Making intervention, the CJP replied that redresal could be election of a new government for 4 and a half years. “How is it possible that the elected government remain for 6 months while a caretaker setup stays in power for 4 and a half years?” he inquired.

At one point, the chief justice remarked that the ECP was talking about politics, an allegation that was rejected by Swati, stating that the electoral watchdog was an independent institution and it was not involved in talking about politics.

Justice Akhtar remarked that the ECP had earlier presented unavailability of funds and security as reasons for its inability to conduct elections in Punjab. He added that now the ECP was running away from its responsibilities.

The chief justice said the Commission should not accept the excuse of the Ministry of Finance regarding provision of funds. He said how long will the democracy in the country be sacrificed by delaying the elections. The CJP remarked that negative forces swung into action when polls are delayed.

Later, the hearing was adjourned till May 29.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 3, 2023

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 June 03, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 298.9 302.15
Euro EUR 321 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 375.5 380
U.A.E Dirham AED 82 83
Saudi Riyal SAR 80 81.2
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.24 766.24
Canadian Dollar CAD 228 230
China Yuan CNY 40.18 40.58
Danish Krone DKK 41.16 41.56
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.39 36.74
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.05 936.05
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.5 748.5
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 4, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 230,800 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

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.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 230,800 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 232,500 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 232,500 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 232,500 PKR 2125


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