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Govt weighing options to give relief to power consumers amid protests against inflated bills

09:42 AM | 29 Aug, 2023
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ISLAMABAD – The interim government led by Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar is weighing options to provide relief to people burdened by inflated electricity bills, as thousands took to the streets against the exorbitant bills.

As inflation-weary people blocked key arteries and attacked Wapda employees in several parts of the country, the country is drawing up a strategy to cut power tariffs.

Amid widespread outcry, and calls for civil disobedience, the government mulled taking steps to reduce the power bills. PM Kakar called an emergency meeting and Ministry of Energy has reportedly finalised the proposals aimed at the reduction of power tariff.

PM Kakar earlier ordered authorities to come up with a plan within 2 days to provide relief to the power consumers, who are fuming over the grim situation.

As protests continue unabated, opposition parties including Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and even members of the former ruling alliance PPP and MQM called for protests against the move.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
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 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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