Egyptian activists feel used 3 years after anti-Morsi mega-march, say military is curbing freedoms

01:30 PM | 29 Jun, 2016
Egyptian activists feel used 3 years after anti-Morsi mega-march, say military is curbing freedoms
CAIRO: After the passage of only three years since Egyptians ousted the then President Mohammad Morsi in a wave of public protests, participants of the movement now feel used by the military-backed government.

2013's mega protests began on June 30, and on July 3 the then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took over the country and dissolved the first elected government of the Muslim Brotherhood party. Afterwards, Sisi became president of the country through controversial elections.

At that time, the activists who had participated in the anti-Morsi protests expected that the government's dismissal would pave the way for a more stable and democratic Egypt. However, in 2016 their hopes are still unfulfilled, as the current government has suspended many of their freedoms in the name of stability.

Gamal Eid, a prominent Egyptian lawyer and who had rallied against Morsi, says: "When I look back on June 30, 2013, I feel like we were deceived."

Secular activists expected that their country would become more liberal after Morsi's ousture, however, just months after the dismissal, the military moved to crush the Muslim Brotherhood. During this, police also shot dead hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo on August 14.

"Protesters believe they were used three years ago by the military, to topple the Brotherhood government," Eid adds.

Mostafa Kamel al-Sayyed, a political science professor at Cairo University, on the other hand, says that the Sisi government is making progress, despite growing resentment among the majority of citizens due to failed economic policies.

Thousands of Muslims Brotherhood followers and former President Mohammad Morsi are currently in Egyptian jails, facing different charges.

Morsi was recently sentenced to death for his alleged role in anti-Mobarak protests in 2011.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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