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Newly elected MPAs take oath in KP assembly after hullabaloo

09:01 AM | 28 Feb, 2024
Newly elected MPAs take oath in KP assembly after hullabaloo
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PESHAWAR – Newly elected lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly took oath on Wednesday, the third of four provincial assemblies to hold a session since the Feb. 8 general elections.

KP assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ghani administered oath to the newly elected lawmakers.

The oath-taking session saw ruckus caused by PTI workers in the assembly. PTI workers chanted slogans against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) Sobia Shahid.

As many as 113 newly-elected members, who have been elected to the assembly on general seats, took oath in Wednesday's session.

The KP Assembly consists of 145 members however 30 seats reserved for women and minorities have not been notified as the matter is currently being heard by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The Assembly has 26 reserved seats for women and four for minorities.

Meanwhile, elections were postponed on two general seats owing to the deaths of candidates in the respective constituencies.

Once the oath was administered, Speaker Ghani announced that the election for the speaker and deputy speaker of the House would be held tomorrow (February 29).

The newly elected representatives of the Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies will be sworn in on Wednesday, February 28, as the governors of both regions called assembly sessions.

As per the schedule announced by the secretariat of KP Assembly, the MPA-s elect will come at 11 am. The process to elect new speaker will start after oath-taking. 

Nomination papers for the offices of speaker and deputy speaker can be filed till 5 pm.

In Balochistan, the newly-elected representatives will also take oath today. The session will be presided over by Zamrak Khan Achakzai due to unavailability of speaker. 

During the oathing-taking ceremony, Pashtunkhwa National Awami Party and the political alliance announced to hold protest.

As per the agenda issued by the Balochistan Assembly secretariat, newly-elected members of different parties will take oath of their office during the assembly session.

At least 61 lawmakers will take oath during the session.

Earlier, Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti and Prince Agha stepped down from Senate to take oath as members of the Balochistan Assembly.

The election of new speaker and deputy speaker will be held later for which the assembly will announce the schedule after the oath-taking ceremony.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76

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