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Pakistan to announce Hajj Policy 2019 in second week of January

07:44 PM | 26 Dec, 2018
Pakistan to announce Hajj Policy 2019 in second week of January
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would announce the Hajj policy 2019 in the second week of January 2019, said official sources in Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Wednesday.

According to sources, the draft of Hajj Policy 2019 was being finalized after consultations with all stakeholders and organizing consultative workshops at several cities. The applications for securing a berth in Government Hajj Scheme would be invited from the general public by last week of January 2019.

The ministry was contemplating to retain the quota for government and private Hajj operators by 60:40 respectively, he said adding that the ministry has proposed open sky policy for airlines to transport Hujjaj to Saudi Arabia.

The ministry, he said may allot quota to new Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).

He said 184,210 Pakistanis would perform Hajj next year following the increase of country's Hajj quota by 5,000 pilgrims as compared to this year's pilgrimage. The Saudi government has already been asked to further enhance Hajj quota of Pakistan.

The Hajj dues of the applicants would be kept in Sharia Complaint remunerative accounts. Pakistanis will be given E-visas.

He said the ministry has imposed strict conditions on scheduled banks, receiving Hajj applications of Government Hajj Scheme during Hajj 2019.

The banks should have different counters at each designated branch, besides deploying special staff for guiding the intending pilgrims in submitting Hajj applications to the Ministry.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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