ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is ready to start direct Hajj flights to Makkah on Monday, according to a statement issued this week by the religious affairs ministry.
On May 21, the government began sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia as part of the official Hajj programme. These domestic flights, however, have only so far landed in Madinah.
As the annual Islamic pilgrimage approaches, many Pakistani pilgrims in the kingdom have also begun relocating to Makkah.
"The first direct flights from Pakistan to Jeddah Airport are scheduled to begin on June 5," the government announced.
The flights to Makkah will depart from 10 towns throughout Pakistan, including Rahim Yar Khan and Sukkur, according to the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency.
After completing Hajj, the pilgrims will spend eight days in Madinah before continuing on to Makkah.
On July 4, Pakistan will begin the post-hajj flight operation to return its citizens back from Saudi Arabia.
In January, the kingdom lifted the 65-year-old age restriction and reinstated Pakistan's pre-pandemic Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims.
The nation intends to send 80,000 people on pilgrimage as part of a government programme, with the remaining participants being assisted by private tour companies.
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 October 1, 2023 (Sunday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||353.3||357|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||37.93||38.28|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.58||176.58|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 202,800 on Sunday.
The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 173,870.
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.
|Lahore||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Karachi||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Islamabad||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Peshawar||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Quetta||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Sialkot||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Attock||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Gujranwala||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Jehlum||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Multan||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Gujrat||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Nawabshah||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Chakwal||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Hyderabad||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Nowshehra||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Sargodha||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Faisalabad||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|
|Mirpur||PKR 202,800||PKR 2,420|