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Pakistani clerics issue Fatwa to stop women from campaigning ahead of elections

01:05 PM | 27 Jan, 2024
Pakistani clerics issue Fatwa to stop women from campaigning ahead of elections
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Less than two weeks before the country holds its next general elections, Pakistani clerics issued a decree against women's door-to-door campaign, calling it against Islamic values.

As women play diverse roles in election campaigns, contributing mainly to the political process. Their involvement includes candidacy, campaign management, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and voter outreach, but clerics in northwest Pakistan restricted female members from door-to-door campaigning.

A group of JUI-F clerics restricted political parties in Kohistan from using the female workforce for campaigning to woo voters. 

In the decree, religious leaders said taking women door-to-door to lure voters is against Islamic injunctions and Shariah.

Reports suggest that around 400 clerics from different parts of the district flocked to the gathering and extended support to Mufti Shahzada about the decree.

Clerics said the Fatwa stemmed from Islamic injunctions with references taken from different religious books. They also called it a grave sin to stand against Islamic values.

The clerics said those who voted on linguistic, regional and on the basis of baradari grounds also opposed Islamic teachings.

General Elections 2023 saw two women aspirants including Tehmina Faheem from PK-31 Kohistan-I and former lawmaker Momina Basit, and an independent candidate Sanaya Sabeel contesting to win seats in the February 8 general elections.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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