Pakistan Standard Time
|Pakistan Standard Time|
|11:53, 26 March 2023 PST [refresh]|
12:53, 26 March 2023 PDT [refresh]
|Observance of DST|
|DST is not observed in this time zone.|
Pakistan Standard Time (Urdu: پاکستان معیاری وقت, abbreviated as PKT) is UTC+05:00 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. The time zone is in use during standard time in Asia.
Pakistan had been following UTC+05:30 since 1907 (during the British Raj) and continued using it after independence in 1947. On 15 September 1951, following the findings of mathematician Mahmood Anwar, two time zones were introduced. Karachi Time (KART) was introduced in West Pakistan by adjusting 30 minutes off UTC+05:30 to UTC+05:00, while Dacca Time (DACT) was introduced in East Pakistan by subtracting 30 minutes off UTC+06:30 to UTC+06:00. The changes were made effective on 30, September 1951. PKT is measured in Gilgit, near the village of Naltar. In 1971, Karachi Time was renamed to Pakistan Standard Time.
Daylight saving time
Daylight saving time is no longer observed in Pakistan.
- ^ "1951". pakistanspace.tripod.com.
- ^ Gap analysis on Energy Efficiency institutional arrangements in Pakistan, Asif Masood, pp.44, 2010, UN ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), United Nations, "…In 2002, Pakistan introduced Daylight Savings Time [sic] (DST)…met with public controversy and resistance was discontinued the same year. During the energy crisis of 2007–2008, the Government once again announced DST during summer season. It was implemented for almost two years before it was discontinued in 2010 because of the same public controversy and resistance…"