SC adjourns elections review case as judgements review bill becomes law

03:15 PM | 29 May, 2023
SC adjourns elections review case as judgements review bill becomes law
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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing on the review petition of the Punjab Election Commission as the Attorney General apprised the court that the Supreme Court (Review of Judgements and Orders) Bill 2023 had come into effect.

Chief Justice led bench conducted the hearing of the review pleas against the apex court order for holding elections in Punjab on May 14.

At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General Mansoor Awan told the court that Supreme Court Review Act has now become law after President's assent, saying with the new law in place, only a larger bench would be able to hear the review plea.

CJP Bandial remarked that the court would resume hearing a series of petitions challenging the government-appointed judicial commission. He said the court is aware of new law, saying situation will become interesting.

Later, the three-member bench adjourned the hearing on the electoral watchdog’s review petition on the Punjab election date.

Last week, the country’s top judge raised questions over extending elections, ruling that democracy has been sacrificed several times in the past and the repercussions continued for years.

ECP should seek solid explanations from the Finance Ministry over unavailability of funds. Justice Bandial said Election Commission is itself inactive.

The country's top electoral authority filed a petition in apex court under article 188 of the Constitution read with Article 187 and order xxvi rule 1 of the Supreme Court Rules 1980 for review of the judgement dated April 04, 2023 passed in constitution petition No.5 of 2023.

In its April 4 order, Surpeme Court ordered the electoral body to hold elections in Punjab on May 14. It also invalidated an ECP order to put off the elections till October due to financial and security constraints. 

In the review petition, the ECP said it was not the mandate of the superior courts to appointed the date for elections, stating: “Such power exists elsewhere under the Constitution but certainly not lie in a Court of law. There is inherent wisdom in that. Since the Courts are not experts in assessing the ground realities in order to arrive at requisite conclusions, the framers of the Constitution did not grant the Courts a jurisdiction to assume the role of public bodies. Therefore, while passing the Impugned Order under review, it is respectfully submitted, that the Court disregarded its constitutional jurisdiction and assumed upon itself the role of a public body in giving a date; thus intervention by the Court is necessitated to correct an error which has effectively changed the settled constitutional jurisprudence of the country”. 

Saying the Constitution had defined the powers of all institution, the ECP argued that it was its solitary domain to change election programme under section 58 of the Elections Act, 2017. 

“The order under review appoints a date of 14.05.2023 for holding the general elections in Punjab by holding that the Commission had no power to pass order dated 22.03.2023,” read the petition, adding that the order had made the commission toothless.  

It also highlighted that fair and transparent general elections for the National Assembly could not be held in the presence of the elected government in Punjab as it could influence the results. 

“That in view of the aforesaid it is most respectfully prayed that this August Court may graciously accept the instant Review Petition by revisiting, reviewing, reconsidering and recalling its Impugned Judgment dated 04.04.2023, in the interest of justice and equity,” it stated.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

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 September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

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.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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