WHO to use Islamabad airport for relief activities in Afghanistan

12:03 PM | 31 Aug, 2021
WHO to use Islamabad airport for relief activities in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in war-torn Afghanistan, Pakistan has allowed World Health Organization (WHO) to use Islamabad airport for the provision of relief activities.

Reports in local media quoting sources said the foreign ministry has conveyed a request from the specialized agency of the United Nations to provide space for operating its helicopter flight from the Islamabad airport for the delivery of relief goods to Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials permitted the use of the airport in the country’s federal capital. The WHO helicopter onboard an eight-member delegation of the World Food Programme (WFP) will land in Islamabad today.

The World Health Organization earlier mentioned that it has only enough medical supplies in Afghanistan to last a week after deliveries were blocked by restrictions at Kabul airport and the UN food programme said the country urgently needed $200 million in food aid.

It also revealed that there are more than 18 million people – almost half of Afghanistan’s population – require aid while most Afghan children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority said that members of the World Food Programme would have to completely follow the COVID SOPs enforced in the country for travelers.

Earlier, more than 20,000 Afghan nationals and other foreigners have landed at Islamabad airport from Afghanistan. A total of 332 flights had landed in the federal capital since August 16.

The evacuation mission from the war-raked country has been limited to Islamabad airport while the operation has been suspended at Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar airports.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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