Time zones of South Asia (numbers are hours ahead of UTC)

Pakistan uses one time zone, which is Pakistan Standard Time (PST). This is UTC+05:00 — that is, five hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.


Period in use Time offset from GMT[1] Notes
Prior until 1907 UTC+04:28:12 Karachi Time (KART)
1907–1951 UTC+05:30
1951–1971 UTC+05:00 in West Pakistan
UTC+06:00 in East Pakistan
Karachi Time (KART)
Dacca Time (DACT)
1971–present UTC+05:00 in Pakistan Pakistan Standard Time (PKT)


Further information: Date and time notation in Pakistan

7:40 pm, 21 March 2024 PKT [refresh]

Daylight saving time

Pakistan has experimented with Daylight Saving Time (DST) a number of times since 2002, shifting local time from UTC+05:00 to UTC+06:00 during various summer periods. Daylight saving time in Pakistan has not been observed since 2009.

IANA time zone database

The IANA time zone database contains one zone for Pakistan in the file zone.tab, named Asia/Karachi.


  1. ^ "Time Zone & Clock Changes in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan". www.timeanddate.com.