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Hajj 2024: Round the clock control rooms set up to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims

08:24 PM | 16 May, 2024
Hajj 2024: Round the clock control rooms set up to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims

RIYADH - To facilitate the pilgrims and address their complaints, Pakistan has set up two control rooms in Saudi Arabia as the Hajj season draws near.

The control rooms have been set up separately in Makkah and Madinah as thousands of Pakistanis continue to land in the holy kingdom ahead of the annual Islamic pilgrimage.

The control rooms would operate round the clock and the pilgrims would be provided a number to contact in case they need any assistance.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony's spokesperson confirmed that a live dashboard has been established in the control room under the complaint management system to show all the details of complaints received and solved, the movement of the pilgrims and other general queries.

Interestingly, during the last seven days, 195 complaints received through the Pak Hajj mobile app have been resolved, and 25 pilgrims who lost their way to their respective destinations in the holy cities were guided.

As Pakistani Hajj pilgrims were currently arriving in Madinah, the control room in the city is more active compared to the one in Makkah, Umer Butt was quoted as saying by Arab News. 

The official added that these pilgrims will go to Makkah on May 17 after their eight-day stay in Madinah.

As far as the staff strength is concerned, the Makkah control room comprises only eight people as Pakistani pilgrims have not started to arrive in the holy city yet. On the other hand, 54 personnel, and 18 Hajj assistants (Muaveneen) are associated with the control room in Madinah.

During the ongoing year, 179,210 Pakistani Muslims will perform Hajj under government and private schemes for which the country kicked off a month-long flight operation last week.

The authorities have introduced the Short Hajj package for the pilgrims while the Sponsorship Scheme is also valid for this year as well.

As far as the Long Hajj is concerned, it would encompass 38-42 days with 8 days stay in Madinah and those flying from the South region i.e. Karachi, and Sukkhur would have to pay Rs 10,65,000 while those from other cities i.e. Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabad would pay Rs 10,75,000.

For Sponsorship scheme applicants, the cost is $3765 for the South Region while it is $ 3800 for the North Region for those opting for the Long Hajj package.

For the Short Hajj package, the cost for regular Hajj applicants is Rs 11,40,000 for the South region while the cost is Rs 11,50,000 for the North region; the Hajj would continue for 20-25 days under this scheme.

For the Sponsorship Scheme, the cost for Short Hajj is $ 4015 USD for the South region and $ 4050 for North region. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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