Despite the fact that Pakistan has succeeded in reinventing itself as one of the top travel destinations in the world, Pakistanis struggle to obtain visa access to several countries around the globe.
A new quarterly report issued by the UK-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners says Pakistanis own the fourth worst passport among a list of 199 countries reviewed by the company.
Pakistani passport holders can only access 32 countries visa-free or through visas on arrival facility.
It is worth noting that despite cordial relations with the Middle East, only Qatar offers visas on arrival to Pakistanis whereas the rest of the region maintains a stringent scrutiny process for visa issuance.
Even the long-lasting friendship with the red dragon could not deliver visa-free travel access to the neighboring economic power we know as China.
Our eastern neighbor, India, and north-western neighbor Tajikistan currently rank 87 on the same world index.
Worst passports of 2022
On the other end, some Asian passports even outperformed strong European passports.
Japan, famous for its courtesy, managed to acquire the top spot with visa-free or visa-on-demand access to a record 193 countries out of the total 199 countries.
Not too far behind, South Korea and Singapore landed the second position with relaxed access to 192 countries.
The rest of the top 10 list is dominated by European passports with only outsiders, United States of America and Canada, assuming the 7th and 8th spot respectively.
Best passports of 2022
Henley & Partner’s list, updated in real-time with changes in travel policies, is one of several indexes created by firms to rank global passports according to the ease of access they provide to their citizens.
The index ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Friday.
On Friday, the US dollar remained stable and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.
Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.41||36.71|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.54||176.54|
Gold price in Pakistan increased as the yellow metal witnessed an upward trend in the international market.
On Friday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,390.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,050 each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Friday.
Today Gold Price in Pakistan (8 December 2023)
|Lahore||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Karachi||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Quetta||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Attock||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Multan||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,583|