Pakistani 'Ibn Battuta' Khalid Rahmat completes 100 countries' visit

Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry 09:41 PM | 25 May, 2023
Pakistani 'Ibn Battuta' Khalid Rahmat completes 100 countries' visit

NEW YORK – A Pakistani man, dubbed as “Ibn Battuta" for travelling to 100 countries, is investing his money in tourism instead of buying real estate.

Chaudhry Khalid Rahmat returned to New York last week after completing a two-week visit to Japan, which was his 100th country. 

Khalid Rehmat is a retired Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) by profession. In a special interview with DailyPakistan, Chaudhry Khalid said that “he has so far visited 100 countries including the whole of Europe, the Middle East, North, and South America for tourism."

Last year, he went on a two-week visit to explore the beauty of the six states that were getting independence from Russia. And recently he returned after spending two weeks in Japan. He found Japan to be the most beautiful country in all aspects.


Chaudhry Khalid Rehmat said that "he will continue his tourism journey after completing 100 countries. This hobby has now become his passion, which he cannot leave now.” He further said that people build and buy properties but Instead of buying real estate, he spends his money and time on his hobby of tourism.”

In response to a question, he said that “he had taken photos along with travelling notes while travelling to each country. He will write a book soon. In response to the question that why he spent so much money and time on travelling to so many countries? He replied that “other People also ask the same question. I think everyone has their preferences in life. After retirement and children's responsibilities, he took the path of world tourism. 

The culture of different countries, their customs, and traditions, and Studying and observing history is his favourite subject. He likes to travel.” Khalid Rehmat said that “while being a student of world history, exploring the beauty and nature of the world has been his hobby. Observing the culture, food, museums and other major tourist places of each country is his special hobby. His wife, who is a nurse in New York, often accompanies him during the tour of the countries.” 

He has a Singh friend in New York who for the last 40 years, who have been accompanying him during his travels to many countries. In some countries, they went together along with both families.” Khalid Rehmat added.

Chaudhry Khalid Rehmat was born in Fatehpur village in District Gujrat, Pakistan. Later, his family moved to Mehmanda, a village adjacent to Gujrat City. He passed the matriculation examination in 1973 from Government Zamindar High School, Gujrat. Then in 1977, he passed his B.Sc from Government Zamindar College Gujrat. Later, in 1979, he went to Germany for employment. Then in 1982, he came to the USA. And for the last 40 years, he has been living in New York City, USA.

Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry
Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry

Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry is a journalist and blogger based in New York. He works for Daily Pakistan as United Nations/New York Bureau Chief. He can be reached at:


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter