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ISI springs into action over Justice Siddiqui’s ‘controversial’ remarks

Mahmood Idrees 09:33 AM | 28 Jul, 2018
ISI springs into action over Justice Siddiqui’s ‘controversial’ remarks
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s top intelligence agency has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the remarks passed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui accusing the agency’s officials of influencing the judicial proceedings.

The petition was filed by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) through Deputy Attorney General Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed, stating that the IHC judge, while hearing a missing person case, unnecessarily embroiled it in a controversy.

The appeal, which will be heard by a two-member bench next week, pleaded the court to expunge the adverse remarks of the judge from a judicial order.

The orders caused defamation of the country’s premier agency, army and judiciary at the national and international level as the judge remarks are widely shared on social media.

The ISI also asked the court to impose the cost of litigation on the petitioner for filing an allegedly frivolous petition, Dawn News reported.

A case about alleged abduction of a man named Rabnawaz was filed by his brother Mohammad Iftikhar Raja with the high court, leveling allegations against the ISI.

When Justice Siddiqui took up the case about the alleged missing person, the police produced Rabnawaz before the IHC who informed the court that he went to Vehari on his own. But his brother Iftikhar insisted that Rabnawaz was abducted the the officials of the spy agencies.

On July 18, the high court judge while hearing the case expressed his displeasure over the alleged interference of secret agencies in the state affairs, saying they should focus on the country’s defense.

In the written court orders, Justice Siddqui also appealed to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa for barring his persons from intervention in the matters of other institutions, adding that the army chief should take notice of the alarming situation, reported an Urdu website.

He claimed “Judges’ lives are in danger as their telephones are being tapped by the officials of the security agencies”.

Addressing a representative of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who appeared in the court, Justice Siddiqui said: “Your personnel try to form a court bench of their own wish and the army chief should be aware of the misdeeds committed by them”.

“Enforced disappearance of citizens, businessmen, and other influential persons has become a routine in the capital city”, he said in the written orders.

Saying the secret agencies should not cross the constitutional limits, the IHC judge ordered that interference in affairs of the judiciary, executives and other departments should be restrained.

He also ordered to send the copy of court ruling to the army chief, ISI director general, secretary defense and Secretary interior.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390

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