ISLAMABAD - Caretaker Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani has said that no ban has been imposed on Pakistanis proceeding to Saudi Arabia for Umrah.
Addressing the lawmakers on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, the foreign minister said that there was no suspension of Umrah visas for Pakistanis.
Regarding the arrest of Azad Visa holders in Saudi Arabia, the legislator assured that the issue had already been taken up with high-level Saudi authorities and a solution would be found soon.
The minister observed that those holding independent visas are arrested in Saudi Arabia, adding that the issue has also been raised with the Saudi Foreign minister.
Jalil Abbas Jilani continued that the Saudi authorities have given assurances to provide jobs to those facing employment-related problems at alternate companies.
“Those who went to Saudi Arabia on work visas will now also get jobs in Saudi Arabia,” he said and added that the holy kingdom awarded 500,000 work visas in 2022.
The minister highlighted that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been tasked to take stern action against beggars proceeding to the kingdom disguised as Umrah pilgrims, Samaa reported.
Replying to a question, the minister said around 2.5 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia, adding that a 24/7 helpline has been established in the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate General in Jeddah to address their complaints.
Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.
On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 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 gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|