PM Imran Khan launches Rs21,000 monthly stipend for KP prayer leaders

04:10 PM | 9 Dec, 2021
PM Imran Khan launches Rs21,000 monthly stipend for KP prayer leaders

PESHAWAR – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched a stipend scheme for prayer leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by formally distributing checks during a ceremony in Peshawar.

Officials maintained the scheme was designed to address the financial requirements of religious leaders who usually lack any other source of income.

“We aim to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state for which we have been striving for the last 25 years,” the prime minister told a gathering after distributing the checks.

Hours before arriving in Peshawar, Pakistan’s election regulatory body warned the premier against violating the election code of conduct since the province is scheduled to hold the local body polls in the coming days.

Speaking to Arab News, the provincial spokesperson Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif said the stipend scheme for religious leaders would benefit 6,000 prayer leaders, adding they would get Rs21,000 per month.

“The monthly honorarium will be a constant source of income for prayer leaders,” he explained. “The scheme has also been launched to implement the prime minister’s vision of Pakistan as an Islamic welfare state.”

The chairman of Pakistan’s moonsighting committee said the stipend scheme to facilitate prayer leaders was a commendable initiative which should also be replicated in other provinces.

“I really appreciate this step because it will create greater harmony in society,” Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad told Arab News. “It will also provide huge financial support to prayer leaders.”

Earlier, the prime minister launched the Pakistan Card that combines welfare initiatives like Health Card and Ehsaas Ration Card.

He said the government had allocated Rs120 billion to help families who earned less than Rs50,000 per month, adding they would get 30 percent discount on daily use commodities such as ghee and pulses under the initiative.

He directed the lawmakers and ministers to visit their constituencies and convince the public to register themselves to avail the offer.

“Every family in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be given a health insurance card,” the prime minister added. “Families in Punjab will begin to get health insurance cards from January and the drive will be completed within three months.”

He informed that governments in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan would soon launch health insurance cards to help poor segments of society.

In addition to that, he said his government had launched the biggest scholarship program by allocating Rs47 billion to benefit 6.3 million students.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
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U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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