Saudi envoy contradicts Tahir Ashrafi’s Hajj claim

11:37 PM | 23 May, 2021
Saudi envoy contradicts Tahir Ashrafi’s Hajj claim

ISLAMABAD — The Saudi government has contradicted a claim by a close aide of the Pakistani prime minister that the kingdom has allowed 60,000 foreign pilgrims to perform Hajj this year. 

An official of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia termed the announcement by Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, special assistant to prime minister on religious harmony, as ‘inaccurate’ and said that no decision has been taken yet to allow foreign pilgrims to perform Hajj this year.

“I would like to inform you about the statements of Maulana Tahir Ashrafi about Hajj [is] inaccurate. And that no official decision has been issued regarding the Hajj yet, and all that is raised are proposals that are still under study,” the official told the media.

Ashrafi claimed in an interview on Saturday that Saudi Arabia has allowed 60,000 people from across the world, including Pakistan, to perform Hajj this year. He said the government was in talks with Saudi officials regarding the number of people who will go to Hajj from Pakistan.

“People under the age of 18 and above 60 years won’t be eligible for Hajj,” Ashrafi said, adding that those going for the pilgrimage would have to quarantine themselves for three days. Coronavirus vaccination is a must, he pointed out.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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