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Govt makes visa compulsory for truckers entering Pakistan from Torkham

10:50 PM | 31 Oct, 2023
Govt makes visa compulsory for truckers entering Pakistan from Torkham

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan-bound truckers, along with pedestrians, will be required to possess a visa and passport for entry via the Torkham Border from Wednesday onwards. 

Previously, truck drivers were only required to present their passports when entering Pakistan but the latest development now makes visas necessary for them to cross the border.

In this regard, Assistant Director of the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) Torkham, Yasar Arafat, clarified that in accordance with government policy, all entries through the Torkham crossing, including pedestrians and truck drivers, must be accompanied by the appropriate travel documents.

Those lacking a visa and passport will not be permitted to cross into Pakistan through the Torkham Border, he was quoted as saying by The Nation.

It bears mentioning that since the tragic incident at the Army Public School in Peshawar, a policy decision was enforced requiring passports and visas at the Torkham Border, with drivers initially exempted from the full visa requirement, though they were still obligated to present their passports.

The decision comes on the heels of the caretaker government's decision to expel all illegal immigrants from the country after November 1st.

Revealing the details of the actions to be taken against illegal immigrants, Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti warned of action against properties owned by illegal immigrants and their local facilitators, emphasizing that any Pakistanis aiding such immigrants would face legal consequences.

Urged undocumented immigrants to leave voluntarily to avoid potential action, the minister confirmed that the government has identified areas with high concentrations of illegal immigrants and is prepared to implement the plan post-November 1.

Addressing the situation of Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan on transit visas, the minister affirmed the government's commitment to provide assistance.

He mentioned ongoing communication with various embassies, including those of the UK, Canada, and others, underlining the government's intention to ensure their well-being.

 In response to a query, he emphasized that explicit directives have been issued to law enforcement agencies to refrain from any form of mistreatment towards undocumented foreign nationals. He emphasized that all individuals, regardless of age or gender, will be treated with dignity and respect.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
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 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 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 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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