ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has clarified different queries regarding the upcoming Hajj to facilitate the pilgrims.
In a video posted to the social media account of the ministry on Monday, the spokesperson clarified that to proceed to Hajj, the applicant must have a valid Pakistani passport.
'Passport of any country except Pakistan is not acceptable for this year's Hajj,' clarified the spokesperson.
The official highlighted that those applying through the Sponsorship Scheme can change their 'Maktab' to category C by paying an additional $300 while regular applicants can not change their 'Maktab'.
'Those opting Long Hajj package would have their flights scheduled before those who opt for the Short Hajj,' said the spokesperson and added that those going on the Short Hajj Package would have their flights scheduled after the 15th Zu al-Qa'dah.
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'Those overseas Pakistanis having no bank account can open an Asaan account after arrival in Pakistan so that reimbursement (if any) can be made in case of changes in the cost of Hajj,' said the official and added that a bank account is mandatory for those applying through regular Hajj scheme from within Pakistan.
The official highlighted that if someone wants a single room with a double bed, they would have to pay Rs 180,000 per person for that facility; the additional cost is $635 per person for those applying through the Sponsorship Scheme for double bed room.
The ministry's official also elaborated that if a group comprising three people seeks a single room with three beds, they would have to pay Rs 60,000 per person or $215 per person through the Sponsorship Scheme.
To a query regarding the expensive Short Hajj, the official clarified that the season selected for Short Hajj is peak season, and residence as well as two-way ticket is expensive in that tenure. He added that even pilgrims from other countries opting for the Short Hajj have to pay more than the regular Long Hajj.
It bears mentioning that the government would start accepting Hajj applications from November 27th and the process would continue till December 12th.
Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.
Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||361||364|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.49||36.84|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.
On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100.
Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.
In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.
|Lahore||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Karachi||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Islamabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Peshawar||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Quetta||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sialkot||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Attock||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujranwala||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Jehlum||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Multan||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujrat||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nawabshah||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Chakwal||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Hyderabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nowshehra||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sargodha||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Faisalabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Mirpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|