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LHC reserves verdict on making Model Town inquiry report public

11:13 AM | 25 Nov, 2017
LHC reserves verdict on making Model Town inquiry report public
LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) reserved its verdict on an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) filed by the Punjab government challenging a single bench order to make the Model Town inquiry report public.

During the hearing on Friday,the full bench heard the arguments of Punjab government counsel Khawaja Harris in rebuttal of contentions raised by the counsel of heirs of the Model Town incident victims.

Contradicting the respondents’ arguments, including provision of information under Article 19 (A), Khawaja Haris submitted that the right to information was subject to reasonable restrictions.

He contended that it was feared that public and social order would be disturbed if the report was made public, whereas the government was duty-bound to maintain it.

'If the implementation of fundamental rights was affected, than other conventions could be suspended' he argued.

The counsel said two FIRs were registered in connection with Model Town incident and these were pending before an anti-terrorism court.

Haris argued that if the Model Town report was made public, it would definitely affect the right of fair trial of the parties.

Reaffirming his point, he submitted that the government ordered the Model Town inquiry for its use and the decision to make it public rested with it.

The advocate continued that the single bench ordered the release of the Model Town report despite the fact that six identical petitions were pending before a full bench.

The single bench of Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi had, on Sept 21, ordered the Punjab home secretary to make the Model Town report public.

After the arguments concluded, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh heading the full bench comprising Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad, reserved the verdict.

The writer is a civil servant.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

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 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 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 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
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 207.1 209.1
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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