Pakistan's Senate body legislates harsh punishments for illegal immigration

01:53 PM | 6 Jan, 2023
Pakistan's Senate body legislates harsh punishments for illegal immigration

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Senate's Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Committee has unanimously passed a bill suggesting harsh punishment for individuals involved in sending Pakistani citizens abroad through illegal means and defrauding expatriates.

The Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was tabled on Thursday in a meeting presided over by Senator Manzoor Ahmed Kakar to address the grievances of overseas Pakistanis.

The bill suggests increasing punishment of the people involved in fraud with expatriates from seven years to 14 years. The committee members also asked for the details of the Pakistanis imprisoned abroad.

The lawmakers said that overseas workers send remittances to Pakistan and legislation needed to be done for their protection.

Besides punishment, the draft law proposes appointment of labour attachés in Pakistan’s embassies as well as ensuring the protection of the rights of overseas Pakistanis.

“Under the bill, labour attachés will be appointed in Pakistani embassies abroad, along with those who will escort Pakistanis abroad and prosecute them for wrongdoing abroad or against what they may be asked to do in Pakistan,” a statement read.

The draft law also suggested increase in penalties against Pakistanis involved in sending people abroad illegally.

There was a suggestion in the bill to appoint a special judge to hear the cases of overseas Pakistanis, but Senator Shahadat Awan asked to withdraw the amendment; the amendment was withdrawn and the bill was passed.

It was also told during the meeting that the arrears of the families of the Pakistanis who died abroad have to be paid by the Overseas Pakistani Foundation, and an amount of Rs840 million has been requested from the Ministry of Finance in this regard.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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