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.
FlyDubai's first flight landed at Kabul today, becoming the first international airline to resume services since US forces’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. pic.twitter.com/EyWv7rNJNj— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) November 15, 2023
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 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.
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.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.41||36.76|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.54||176.54|
Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
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 Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)
|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|