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IHC allows Imran Khan to hold election meetings with PTI leaders

11:12 AM | 29 Dec, 2023
IHC allows Imran Khan to hold election meetings with PTI leaders

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted permission to PTI leaders and legal representatives to visit former prime minister Imran Khan, who is currently detained at Adiala Jail, and conduct election meetings leading up to the February 8 polls.

Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb passed the order in response to Imran’s petition seeking approval to strategize with party members like Asad Qaiser, Junaid Akbar Khan, senators Aurangzeb Khan and Dost Mohammad Khan, and Ishtiaq Meherban ahead of the elections.

The plea also urged the court to ensure privacy for Imran during these consultations with his legal team.

As the election schedule unfolds, political activities are gaining momentum within major party circles. The election programme is in full swing, having concluded the nomination paper filing deadline on Sunday. Nomination papers will now be examined by returning officers from December 25 to December 30.

Earlier, PTI Chairman Gohar Khan affirmed Imran’s role in ticket allocation decisions. Barrister Ali Zafar highlighted that PTI members in custody would be given priority in ticket distribution.

During the court session, PTI lawyers, the Attorney-General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan, and the superintendent of Adiala Jail were present. PTI counsel Shoaib Shaheen emphasized the necessity for discussions concerning the allocation of 700 tickets, while the AGP raised objections about the petition’s validity.

Justice Aurangzeb expressed dissatisfaction with the AGP’s arguments and referenced a note from Justice Athar Minallah in the cipher case. He reprimanded the AGP, questioning their impartiality as representatives of the caretaker government.

Asserting that consultations regarding elections are a fundamental right, Justice Aurangzeb emphasized the caretaker government’s obligation to remain neutral during elections. The court allowed PTI lawyers, including Chairman Gohar Khan, to confer with Imran in jail under the superintendent’s supervision.

The judge concluded by expressing concerns about the impartiality of the interim government and disposed of the petition.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
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 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
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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