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Turkish President Erdogan apparently agrees with PEMRA on banning condom ads

12:03 PM | 31 May, 2016
Turkish President Erdogan apparently agrees with PEMRA on banning condom ads
ISTANBUL (Staff Report) - Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority's (PEMRA) move to ban all type of birth control advertisements on TV has received immense criticism from social activists.

The move has, nevertheless, received support from powerful quarters, including the camp of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a recent speech broadcast on TV, Erdogan urged all pious Muslims to have more children, saying that nobody could interfere in God's work.

"No Muslim family should get involved in birth control measures or family planning," he said, condemning those using modern birth control.

He added that Muslims were meant to multiply their descendants, and placed the duty of bringing many children in the world on mothers.

Related: PEMRA bans birth control ads, says parents concerned about children “asking questions”

Previously, Erdogan, who has been in power for the last decade, had also equated birth control with treason.

Last week, the PEMRA had announced to ban the advertisement of birth control products, threatening legal action against those violating its orders.

Explaining the decision, PEMRA said it had received complaints from concerned parents who did not want to answer their children's questions about birth control.

The order was, however, withdrawn only a day after being issued by the authority, citing the reservations of civil society. The authority will, however, require that birth control advertisement be aired only after 11:00 pm at night.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.

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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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