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PTI MPA breaks gridlock, activates power during Peshawar protest

04:30 PM | 25 May, 2024
PTI MPA breaks grid lock

Amidst a protest against load shedding, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's MPA Fazal Elahi, along with protesters, stormed the Rehman Baba Grid Station of Peshawar Electric Supply Corporation (PESCO) and forcibly activated several feeders.

According to a PESCO spokesperson, MPA Fazal Elahi led the demonstrators in surrounding the grid station and then entering it to switch on nine feeders. These feeders are categorized as high-loss feeders due to significant electricity theft and non-payment of dues, with losses exceeding 80%. The feeders turned on include those serving the areas of Hazarkhwani, Yakkatoot, Akhunabad, New Chamakni, Surizai Bala, and Qalandarabad. PESCO was actively working to reduce losses on these feeders.

Subsequently, successful negotiations were held between MPA Fazal Elahi and PESCO officials, resulting in the resumption of electricity supply from Rehman Baba Grid Station to Hazarkhwani and other affected areas. It was agreed that load shedding would be limited to a maximum of 10 hours.

During the negotiations, MPA Fazal Elahi assured cooperation in eradicating the illegal 'kunda' system and electricity theft. Following this assurance, Fazal Elahi announced the end of the protest, and the demonstrators dispersed.

In the meantime, PESCO Executive Engineer Alam Zeb stated that load shedding in the area was being reduced. Community leaders also committed to ensuring the payment of outstanding dues. Speaking on the occasion, MPA Fazal Elahi emphasized the importance of addressing staff shortages at WAPDA and pledged to eliminate the culture of electricity theft in the area, ensuring that WAPDA regularly issues monthly bills.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 18 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 18, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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