JAKARTA – Indonesia has cancelled the Hajj pilgrimage for its citizens for the second year in a row due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the pilgrims, the government has decided that this year it won't allow Indonesian pilgrims to go again," Religious affairs minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas told a briefing on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia had not opened access to Hajj for the people in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, he added.
Konferensi Pers Penjelasan Kebijakan Penyelenggaraan Ibadah Haji 1442 H/2021 M https://t.co/HfTAmkAVcQ— Yaqut Cholil Qoumas (@YaqutCQoumas) June 3, 2021
Last year, more than 220,000 Indonesians were set to take part in the annual pilgrimage, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able, which was canceled on Shawwal 10 that coincided with June 2.
For many Indonesians, the religious pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime event, with an average wait time of 20 years due to a quota system, according to the country's cabinet secretariat.
Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on travelers arriving from 11 countries that it brought in to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Saudi state news agency said on Saturday, but will still require quarantine procedures.
Last year, just 1,000 people who were already in the country were allowed to take part in a socially distanced Hajj.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|