Pakistan starts distribution of passports to Afghan immigrants

09:39 PM | 24 Aug, 2023

ISLAMABAD - Authorities in Pakistan have started the distribution of passports to Afghan immigrants, it emerged on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan announced the beginning of the process of distributing passports to Afghan immigrants in Iran and Turkey besides Pakistan. 

Though the above-mentioned three countries have started the distribution, the distribution is still at a halt in Uzbekistan and China but the officials are trying to resume the process to solve the challenges of immigrants. 

“You know that Afghans in foreign countries face various problems, the most important of which is the problem of passports or documents. In the short term, we were able to activate the system in Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey, and in the near future we will activate the system in Uzbekistan and then in China,” explained Mohammad Shoaib Baryali, an official of the Foreign Ministry. 

Though the process has resumed, some of the Afghan refugees in Iran expressed their satisfaction with the passport distribution process at the Afghan consulate but also urged the authorities to reduce the fee from 20 dollars; the fee was originally 30 dollars but even when it has been reduced to 20 dollars, the refugees are finding it hard to pay for the electronic passports. 

Generally, immigrant rights activists in Iran consider the start of this process a welcome move for Afghan immigrants. 

“Immigrants face various challenges, especially Afghan students who were prevented from continuing their education, and also businessmen and travelers who intend to travel to other places,” said Asifa Stanikzai, an immigrant rights activist. 

“The Embassy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan should provide permanent passport distribution facilities services to the people,” said Mohammad Khan Mohammadzai, an immigrant rights activist.    

People of Afghanistan have been facing wars and violence for decades now which prompted millions of them to move to neighbouring countries including Pakistan.

It bears mentioning that the Proof of Registration cards were issued to Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 2006. They were last extended in 2021 for two years.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated that among 3.7 million Afghans living in Pakistan, more than 1.3 million are registered.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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