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Domestic pilgrims alarmed as deadline for Hajj installment ends this Sunday

Web Desk 02:56 PM | 25 Jan, 2023
Domestic pilgrims alarmed as deadline for Hajj installment ends this Sunday
Source: Islamic Relief

RIYADH - The deadline for the payment of the second installment for this year's Hajj ends this Sunday, which corresponds to Rajab 7.

The deadline is for domestic pilgrims who would be preforming Islamic ritual from within the kingdom. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has underscored the need for timely payment of installments to ensure confirmation of reservation and issuance of the Hajj permit.

The ministry introduced two methods for the payment of Hajj package costs for the domestic pilgrims this year. The first method is to pay the fees in full once the reservation is made, and once the invoice is issued for the payment, the status of the reservation becomes confirmed.

The other route is through installments, three in total introduced this year to facilitate the pilgrims. The ministry however, clarified that the reservation is confirmed for all those who register successfully, emphasizing that all payments must be made on time.

Prospective pilgrims were able to make a partial payment of 20 percent of the total cost to reserve their spot. The option was to make the down payment within 72 hours of the registration date. According to the installment plan, The second installment, which is 40 percent, must be paid no later than Rajab 7, while the remaining 40 percent can be paid until April 30, Saudi Gazette reported.

The ministry opened registration for domestic Hajj pilgrims on Jan. 5. The ministry announced a total of four packages for domestic pilgrims this year. The price of basic Hajj package is SR3,984.

The first package costs from 10,596 to 11,841; the second from 8,092 to 8,458; the third costs 13,150 and the fourth package, which provides economical services to the pilgrims, costs SR3,984.

Saudi Arabia has recently announced that it would welcome around 2 million pilgrims for this year, almost double of what it welcomed last year for Hajj when the Covid restrictions were in place. 

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 9, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 294.7 297.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331 334.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.3 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.2 73.9
Australian Dollar AUD 191.3 193.7
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.35 740.35
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.16
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.63 175.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.53 723.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 298.06 300.56
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs193,700 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs166,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 193,700 PKR 2,350

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