KARACHI - The Sindh Government has urged the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to allocate a quota for Hajj administrative duties for the employees from the province.
In a letter addressed to the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Aneeq Ahmed, the Caretaker Sindh Minister for Law, Religious Affairs, and Human Rights, stated that approximately 300 welfare staff members from the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs perform administrative duties in Makkah and Madinah during each Hajj.
With an anticipated surge in the number of Hujjaj in 2024, Omar Soomro stressed the need for a larger Pakistani workforce for welfare duties in Makkah and Madinah, highlighting the absence of provincial employees from the workforce deputed to perform duties every year.
The minister cited constitutional provisions after the 18th Amendment and emphasized the requirement for employees from Sindh Auqaf, Religious Affairs, Zakat, and Ushr departments to be deputed for administrative duties during the forthcoming Hajj.
The caretaker minister urged Aneeq Ahmed to accommodate as many employees from Sindh as feasible for Hajj 2024's administrative duties in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, The Nation reported.
It bears mentioning that besides the staff from the religious affairs ministry, different employees from federal ministries are deputed to perform Hajj duties each year. The selection is done through balloting though some employees complain that the process is not transparent.
The federal minister for religious affairs, Aneeq Ahmed recently announced the Hajj policy under which the cost of Hajj for the upcoming year would be one hundred thousand rupees less than the previous Hajj.
Sharing the details, the minister also announced that an App would be launched for handling the complaints of the pilgrims and maximum facilities would be provided to them so that they can perform the religious duties with ease and comfort.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|