ECP withdraws notification of Ishaq Dar's senatorship

Haider Ali 08:59 AM | 30 Jun, 2018
ECP withdraws notification of Ishaq Dar's senatorship
ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) withdrew a notification of former finance minister Ishaq Dar's election as a senator on Friday.

The action was taken in the light of Supreme Court orders as in May, the apex court had suspended Dar’s senatorship on a temporary basis.

The top court had issued the directives on a petition moved by Pakistan Peoples Party's Nawazish Pirzada who had requested the august court to suspend the Lahore High Court judgment that allowed Dar to contest the Senate elections.

On February 17, an appellate election tribunal of the LHC had granted Dar permission to contest elections for the Upper Chamber of the Parliament, overruling the returning officer who had rejected his nomination papers.

Dar, who is a member of extended Sharif family, was successfully elected to the Senate from Punjab but did not take oath of his office.

The former finance minister has been out of the country since October 2017 on account of his medical treatment; he has also been declared a proclaimed offender in a corruption case filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau.

Recently, Dar was seen avoiding harsh questions aimed at him by newsmen in London when he was leaving the Harley Street Clinic, after having visited Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

One of the newsmen asked Dar that he was ailing, yet continued roaming outside. To which, he replied that he was ill and he knew it.

The former lawmaker faced tough time because the journalists kept him following till he hopped in his car.

As soon as the former minister sat inside his car, the newsmen again started asking questions to which Dar smiled, visibly perturbed but with no other option.

"When will you return to Pakistan?" another reporter asked to which he replied: "I will return whenever my health improved."

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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