Pakistan Standard Time

Pakistan Standard Time

Pakistan Standard Time

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Pakistan Time (PKT) is the time zone for Pakistan. It is 5 hours ahead of GMT/UTC (00).

The only tz database zone is Asia/Karachi.


The current Pakistan time (PKT) was set up at midnight between 30th April and 1st May, 1954. Before this, PKT used to be according to British ruled Calcutta local time as Indian standard time (IST) which came into use on 1st January, 1906, and was also applied to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) till partition of subcontinent.

Daylight saving time

In 2009, the clocks across the country were advanced by one hour on April 15, 2009. A statement by the Ministry of Interior said the Pakistan Time (PKT) was advanced by one hour to make full use of daylight. It said the clocks would be reversed again by an hour on October 31, 2009.

Last year, the government had turned the clocks ahead on June 1 to avail an extra hour of daylight for conserving energy to contain the power shortfall.

In 2002, the government cabinet decided that "in order to make maximum use of daylight and to save energy", they would adopt the daylight saving time (DST) system. This required the country to advance the time by one hour on the night between the first Saturday and Sunday of April, and revert to the original position on the first Sunday in October of 2002 at 00:00.

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