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Pakistani pilgrims likely to get free visas to Iraq: Details inside

03:57 PM | 16 Jan, 2024
Pakistani pilgrims likely to get free visas to Iraq: Details inside

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani side has discussed the possibility of waiving visa fees for its citizens to enter Iraq during the month of Ashura and Arbaeen.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Aviation retired Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan met Iraqi ambassador Hamid Abbas Lafta and discussed the waiver of visa fees for pilgrims to Karbala and Najaf during Ashura and Arbaeen though no formal decision ahs been made as of now.

According to a press release issued by the Aviation Ministry, both sides exchanged views on bilateral issues of mutual interest while the adviser expressed Pakistan’s commitment to improve the process for approval of extra bilateral flights during Muharram through mutual discussions.

Khan also discussed revising the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries and expressed intent to grant fifth freedom rights* to Pakistan’s air carriers for operating flights between the two countries. 

Air service agreements (ASA) encompass formal accords between nations, which include memoranda of understanding (MoU) and the exchange of official diplomatic notes. 

The adviser, in his meeting on Monday, discussed different ways to cement ties between the two countries to spur trade and tourism.

On the other hand, the ambassador of Iraq reiterated the commitment of his government to grant fifth freedom rights to Pakistani airlines.

During the meeting, both sides reaffirmed their firm resolve to further strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the aviation sector, and to engage more frequently in the future. 

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis travel to Iraq to visit places of religious importance and during Arbaeen. Earlier, last year, Pakistan allowed Iraq to operate additional flights to the country during the Arbaeen event to facilitate the pilgrims.  

At that time, Iraqi Airways was permitted to operate extra flights to facilitate Zaireen [pilgrims] during Arbaeen.

The announcement regarding the Arba'een event is important as it is a significant religious festival observed by millions of Muslims in Iraq. It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

During the Arba'een pilgrimage, millions of devotees, known as Arba'een pilgrims, journey on foot to the holy city of Karbala. The pilgrimage culminates at the Imam Hussein Shrine, the site where Imam Hussein (A.S) and his followers were martyred. It is one of the largest annual gatherings globally, with pilgrims coming from Iraq and across the world.

The festival promotes unity and solidarity among Muslims and serves as a platform for social and humanitarian causes.

*The fifth freedom right means that the aircraft of country A, from a service originating in country A, is allowed to embark passengers and cargo in country B and disembark them in country C.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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