ASWJ Exempt from Section-144?

03:33 PM | 29 Oct, 2016
ASWJ Exempt from Section-144?
ISLAMABAD - As section-144 has been imposed in the federal capital to preempt disruptions and chaos by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's lockdown and protests,  Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a proscribed group, reportedly held a rally in the heart of Islamabad.

Giving clarification for the rally, Hafiz Uneeb Farooqui, a spokesman for the ASWJ Islamabad chapter said “this programme is a traditional conference similar to the traditional gatherings and processions related to Muharram. Therefore, the restriction of Section 144 does not apply to us.”

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Farooqui said ASWJ only held its annual event to honour the fallen party leaders and workers, and the stability of the country.

According to Dawn, an officer of the capital administration the party was asked to revalidate its permission issued by the deputy commissioner office on Thursday night and eventually the NOC was granted.

“Usually, there is no trouble with traditional events but the administration has certain SOPs and we ask the organisers to ensure that their event would not add fuel to the fire or that they would not use the platform against the government,” the officer said.

Reportedly, ASWJ leader Ahmed Ludhianvi's speech was rather pro-government that criticised both Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for creating disruptions in the twin cities.

“We did not want to complicate political issues or create chances of any negative impression about the event. So it was decided that the leaders of the parties in the DPC, led by Maulana Samiul Haq, may not attend the event this year,” Mr Ludhianvi told the gathering held at the Hockey Ground, Aabpara.

“I say to you both Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid, you are members of parliament which is the highest forum in the country but still you take your case to the streets,” Mr Ludhianvi added.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 22, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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