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Pakistanis stranded at Doha airport reach Muscat for proceeding to Jeddah

10:38 AM | 7 Jun, 2017
Pakistanis stranded at Doha airport reach Muscat for proceeding to Jeddah
MUSCAT - The 550 Pakistanis, who were marooned at Doha airport after the Saudi-Qatar diplomatic row, have been transported to Muscat via Oman Airlines, it emerged on Tuesday.

According to media reports, these Pakistani nationals were left stranded at Doha airport after Saudi Arabia banned all flights from Qatar Airways into its airspace following the severing of ties with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Yemen and Libya cut all ties with Qatar over allegations that Doha bolstered terrorism and extremism. The move followed severing of all land, air and sea links with Qatar and vice versa.

Subsequently, Pakistani pilgrims proceeding to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah were left in limbo as Qatar Airways denied entry to Saudi Arabia. According to sources, the airline, known for its extraordinary customer services failed to provide accommodation to the Pakistani passengers, forcing them to spend two days at the airport's departure lounge.

Sensing the severity of de, the Government of Pakistan made special efforts to acquire services of Oman Airlines, to transport them to Jeddah. The first special flight took 400 Pakistani pilgrims to Muscat, while another brought the remaining 150 devotees.

Sensing the severity of diplomatic friction, the Government of Pakistan went out of the way to acquire services of Oman Airlines, to transport Pakistanis to Jeddah. The first special flight took 400 Pakistani pilgrims to Muscat, while another brought the remaining 150 devotees who will now be taken to Jeddah.

Qatar Isolation

In an unexpected development, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya severed their diplomatic links with Qatar on Monday. The latest country to join the bandwagon was Maldives that also announced maintaining no relations with Gulf state ‘because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism’.

Reacting to the visible isolation, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry expressed deep regret over the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt to break diplomatic ties with it.

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman on Tuesday said that Kuwait was making effort to defuse the diplomatic crisis.

Pakistan’s Reaction

After the untoward decision by Muslim countries, international powers were keeping an eye on Pakistan whether it goes with Saudi Arabia or takes a different turn.

However, a Foreign Office statement confirmed that Pakistan had no immediate plan to severe ties with Qatar.

“Pakistan has no such plans,” FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement.

“At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place,” Zakaria added.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 23 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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