Pakistan, Saudi Arabia sign agreement to solve Burmese Muslims’ passport crisis

10:09 PM | 19 May, 2023
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia sign agreement to solve Burmese Muslims’ passport crisis

 ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have inked an agreement regarding the issuance of Pakistani passports to Burmese Muslims residing in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement was signed between Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and visiting Saudi Deputy Interior Minister Dr. Nasir Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood. 

Since 2012, these Burmese have faced difficulties as their passports were not renewed, causing legal complications within the Kingdom; Pakistan had issued passports to as many as 2,25,000 Burmese in 2012 but they were not renewed. 

The families of these Muslims are in distress due to the fact that their passports were not renewed and not much attention was paid to the issue in the past on one pretext or the other. 

To address this issue, the agreement has now been signed to issue passports to these individuals and their children, so they can have legal status in Saudi Arabia. 

In this regard, a bilateral committee consisting of representatives from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s interior ministry has been formed with the objective to expedite the issuance of necessary documents to Burmese Muslims.

The agreement was made during the visit of the Saudi official who landed in Pakistan for the ‘Road to Makkah’ project.

The initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s Guests of God Service Program, which King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud inaugurated in 2019 under Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030. The agreement is renewed every year with countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh. 

As per the initiative, Hajj pilgrims are issued visas and provided other services, such as baggage facilities, at their respective countries’ airports. Not only that, the pilgrims move directly to buses to take them to their places of residence in Makkah and Madina while their luggage is delivered to them.

 The Saudi deputy interior minister was on a two-day visit to Pakistan to renew the 'Road to Makkah' agreement and meet political leaders as well as Army Chief. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said he has requested Saudi authorities to extend the Makkah Route Initiative to airports in Lahore and Karachi next year.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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