Pakistan begins evacuation of stranded citizens from conflict-hit Sudan to Saudi Arabia

09:41 PM | 23 Apr, 2023
Pakistan begins evacuation of stranded citizens from conflict-hit Sudan to Saudi Arabia
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LAHORE – Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Sudan started evacuating its stranded nationals to Saudi Arabia, said the country’s envoy on Sunday.

Fighting is expected to continue after a brief ceasefire in the northeastern state of Africa later in the day, the envoy said.

A number of countries around the world are in the process of bringing back their citizens from Sudan after two rival military factions clashed with each other last week.

Saudi Arabia has played a pivotal role in helping other nations rescue their nationals from the African state, with President Joe Biden thanking the kingdom for evacuating American diplomats and their families while calling its help “critical to the success of our operation.”

“We have already dispatched two buses to Port Sudan while eight others are parked at my residence,” Ambassador Meer Behrose Regi told Arab News over the phone. “About five of these 50-seater buses are packed to capacity and ready to move.”

“These people will travel to Jeddah before flying back to Pakistan,” he continued.

Earlier, Independent Urdu reported that a female Pakistani national had already traveled with Saudi nationals to safety on Saturday.

A statement by the kingdom’s foreign ministry also confirmed the Royal Saudi Naval Forces had rescued 91 of citizens along with 66 people belonging to other nationalities, including Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia, and Pakistan.

Ambassador Regi said about 1,300 Pakistanis were in Sudan, though some of them were still not willing to leave the African country. He added the embassy was planning to give them an evacuation deadline.

The envoy also informed that a number of high-profile officials, including the country’s prime minister, foreign secretary, and diplomats in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, were involved in the evacuation process and keeping a close eye on the situation.

He said he was personally going to lead a large batch of Pakistani nationals to Port Sudan.

Last week, the residents of Khartoum and adjoining cities found themselves under siege as the Sudanese army and its powerful paramilitary, the Rapid Support Forces, clashed with each other while striving to take control of the country.

The two sides were allies in the past and worked together to seize power in a 2019 coup.

As tensions increased, however, a power struggle broke out between them, making analysts warn of a nationwide civil war and the international community calling for a ceasefire.

Clashes between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group have left over 400 people dead, and a thousand injured while several embassies also suffered attacks amid fear of full-scale civil war.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


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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