High tax payers to get blue passports, confirms PM Shehbaz

07:46 PM | 26 Mar, 2024
High tax payers to get blue passports, confirms PM Shehbaz

ISLAMABAD -The federal government has announced to award blue passports to those special citizens who pay heavy taxes and contribute to the national kitty.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday, Prime Minister Shhebaz Sharif said that tax cards and blue passports would be issued to those who pay heavy taxes. 

"Mian Mansha paid the highest tax of Rs26 billion. Blue passports will be issued to high taxpayers, while the government will issue tax cards also. Big taxpayers will get the status of honorary ambassadors of Pakistan," the PM announced while addressing the Tax Excellence Awards 2024.

Though official details in this regard would be announced soon, the development is a piece of welcome news for businessmen and other individuals.

The biggest advantage of a blue passport is that many of the countries provide the facility of visa-free access to the citizens of Pakistan. The blue passport is ordinarily issued to the government officers who proceed abroad on official assignments.

Countries such as Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Argentina amongst others don't require a visa on a blue passport as Pakistan has signed a visa abolition agreement in this regard.

Another advantage of the blue passport is the fact that airports across the world have a dedicated immigration clearance lane for holders of blue passports and those holding the passport can save themselves from the hassle of long queues and unnecessary interrogation.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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