ISLAMABAD – Clashes erupted in multiple cities after PTI chairman Imran Khan launched his long march reportedly claimed five lives and injured nearly two dozen people, including security officials.
The former prime minister while addressing the participants of Azadi March at the Ninth Avenue in the capital city claimed that five PTI workers were killed in the clashes.
He said that one lost his life after he fell off the Attock bridge amid tear-gas shelling and the other was thrown into Ravi river. Khan said he had also received information that three people were killed in Karachi clashes.
Urging the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take notice of the government’s action against protesters, he said that peaceful protest is right of every citizen.
Khan said that he sought justice for the people of Pakistan from the top court.
PTI in a twitter post said that it was working on establishing a fund for the families of those who lost their lives during the Azadi March.
“A lot of people are asking to establish a fund for the families of the Martyrs of Haqeeqi Azadi March. We are on it & will share details soon. In the meantime, please pray a lot for the departed souls and their families. They will remain our heroes forever!” it wrote.
A lot of people are asking to establish a fund for the families of the Martyrs of Haqeeqi Azadi March. We are on it & will share details soon. In the meantime, please pray a lot for the departed souls and their families. They will remain our heroes forever! #SaluteToMarchers— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 26, 2022
As the Khan led his caravan to Islamabad, the federal government deployed Pakistan Army in the federal capital for the protection of government buildings.
Pakistan Army called for the protection of important government buildings according to article 245 of the constitution of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/7iYeHXrq4g— Hamid Mir حامد میر (@HamidMirPAK) May 26, 2022
The causalities were not confirmed by the government.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement said that 18 security officials, including Rangers troops, sustained injuries in clashes with the PTI workers.
She said that such violent protests could not be allowed in the country. She also praised the security officials for performing their duties diligently.
Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.
Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.46||36.81|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.
On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330.
Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.
|Lahore||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|