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Indian Punjab CM, ministers arrive in Pakistan to visit Kartarpur

02:16 PM | 18 Nov, 2021
Indian Punjab CM, ministers arrive in Pakistan to visit Kartarpur

LAHORE – Indian Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his cabinet ministers, reached Pakistan to visit Kartarpur on the second day of the reopening of the route which was suspended in wake of the Covid pandemic.

Reports in local media quoting the Foreign Office spokesperson said key Indian politicians arrived in Pakistan to visit the Kartarpur Corridor, a day before Gurpurab, which marks the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder.

Kartarpur Project Management Unit CEO, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee office- bearers and Gujranwala Commissioner greeted the Sikh pilgrims who arrived here a day before the annual commemoration of Guru Nanak’s birthday.

Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Harish Chaudhry and eight members of the Indian Punjab Legislative Assembly are also part of the delegation, it added.

Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is not part of the delegation led by Channi. Sidhu's spokesperson said he has been officially intimated that he could go on November 20 instead of November 18.

Kartarpur crossing was reopened on Wednesday after more than a year as pilgrimage was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

Earlier, the first batch of 28 Indian Sikhs, including women, arrived at the holiest site of Sikhism, while over 2,500 pilgrims arrived via the Wagah border.

Pakistan and India signed the Kartarpur corridor agreement in 2019 and Indian pilgrims of all faiths are allowed to undertake round the year visa-free travel through the stretched passage. The historic corridor connects Pakistani and Indian Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism, which was divided between the two countries after independence in 1947.

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi extended welcome to the Sikh pilgrims arriving on the 552nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

The PTI Minister said Pakistan had reopened the Kartarpur Corridor on June 29, 2020, after a temporary suspension of about three months however Modi led government kept the Corridor closed from its side for nearly 20 months.

Pakistan had also proposed formally to India to reopen the corridor in respect of the wishes and sentiments of the pilgrims.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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