Afghanistan welcomes resumption of international flights as Flydubai resumes operations

01:46 PM | 15 Nov, 2023
Afghanistan welcomes resumption of international flights as Flydubai resumes operations

KABUL - A renowned UAE-based airline restarted its operations to Afghanistan years after the country faced violence at the hands of extremists and militants.

Flydubai landed its aircraft in Kabul as the security conditions have visibly improved. This renewal of flights comes after a hiatus of two years since the international carrier ceased operations to the war-battered country.

The Flydubai's aircraft was received in Kabul with a traditional water cannon salute amid hopes that more carriers would follow suit and start operations from the Asian country. 

 A statement from Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's interim deputy prime minister for economic affairs in Afghanistan, highlighted that the resumption of Flydubai flights signifies the restoration of Afghanistan's airspace to a secure and regular state, facilitating various flight operations.

The statement also emphasizes that Afghan airports now possess the necessary facilities and standard services, noting that reintroducing air connectivity with Flydubai marks a significant step in reinstating healthy competition among airlines and fostering fair determinations of airfare prices.

The return of the Taliban to power in August 2021 led several airlines to halt their flights to Kabul as the management of the carriers was skeptical of the security situation in the country.

Afghanistan, situated in South Asia, is a landlocked country bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. With a population estimated at around 38 million people, Afghanistan has experienced numerous challenges over the last two decades.

Following the US-led invasion in 2001 that ousted the Taliban regime, the country underwent significant changes, including efforts towards democratization, social reforms, and infrastructural development. However, Afghanistan remained plagued by instability, facing ongoing conflicts, insurgency, and political unrest, hindering sustainable progress.

Despite these challenges, the nation boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, drawing a modest number of tourists annually, primarily attracted to its historical sites like the ancient city of Balkh, the stunning landscapes of the Hindu Kush mountains, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Minaret of Jam.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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