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Ramadan bank timings revised for six-day work week

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KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Wednesday revised the timings for the banking sector for Ramadan.

According to a notification issued by the SBP, the time has been revised for both public dealing and office timings.

“As per the decision of the federal government communicated vide notification No.6/2/1996-d-2 dated April 12, 2022, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will observe six days working week with the [revised] office hours during the month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, which shall also be followed by all banks, development finance institutions (DFIs) and microfinance banks,” the notification read.

Office timings:

DaysOffice Hours
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 08:00am to 03:00pm
(Prayer break 1:00pm to 1:30pm)
Friday08:00am to 1:00pm
(Without break)

Public dealing timings:

DaysOffice Hours
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 08:00am to 01:00pm
(Without break)
Friday08:00am to 12:00pm
(Without break)

“However, except Friday, banks/MFBs may observe extended business (banking) hours for the public from 08:00am to 2:00pm (without break) as per their business requirements,” according to the statement.

The SBP further mentioned that the revised timings shall come into force with immediate effect and continue unless modified or withdrawn.

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The inaugural flight of Azerbaijan Airlines is between Baku and Karachi.

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The national airline of Azerbaijan launched direct flights from Baku to Karachi today. There will be two weekly flights on this route, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The first flight will land in Karachi, and Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Khazar Farhadov, will be there to greet it.

This evening also marks the departure of the inaugural flight from Karachi to Baku in addition to the arrival of the flight from Baku.

Azerbaijan Airlines said last month that it would be growing its network and flight operations in Pakistan.

Aviation insiders have verified that Azerbaijan Airlines is preparing to launch service to Karachi in the coming month of April.

In addition to its current services in Islamabad and Lahore, the airline plans to launch its Karachi route on April 18, with the inaugural flight anticipated to depart on that date.

Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to operate flights on the Karachi route, according to sources within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Following a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to extend its operations in Pakistan.

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Fly Jinnah opens a new route internationally.

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Two weekly flights will be the starting frequency of the new route, which will connect the two cities.

According to a representative for Fly Jinnah, the company is pleased to announce the opening of a third international route from Islamabad to Muscat, the capital city of Oman, marking another significant milestone after the successful debut of flights from Islamabad and Lahore to Sharjah.

According to him, this development is in line with our goal of giving our clients more options for reasonably priced, value-driven local and international air travel.

The airline serves five main cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta. Its fleet consists of five Airbus A320 aircraft, all of which are contemporary.

In addition to the current flight path to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, this new route expands Fly Jinnah’s network of foreign destinations.

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Tajir Dost app: traders don’t seem interested in registering

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To tax retailers in Pakistan, the Tajir Dost app was released. The sources stated that the government hopes to tax 3.5 million merchants through the app.

Ajmal Baloch, the president of All-Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, stated that he made reservations with FBR on the SRO within a week.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), according to him, cannot be a “Tajir Dost” because of its unethical actions.

Baloch believed that since electricity bills allow traders to pay a predetermined advance income tax, further taxes are unnecessary.

The trader, according to him, is already paying thirteen different kinds of taxes on the commercial meter. “A trader already pays between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 in taxes annually, but you are requesting Rs. 1,200 per month in taxes.”

Mr. Ajmal summoned representatives of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to a meeting with the trade associations to talk about the indirect taxes that the merchants are paying.

Additionally, he claimed that FBR officers are charging the traders, the majority of whom are less educated, “monthly charges.”

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