Pakistanis stuck in Afghanistan to return this week
File photo of Torkham border.
Prime Minister Imran Khan decided on Thursday to bring back the stranded Pakistani nationals in Afghanistan this week via Tokrham border, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
The decision was taken after a letter written to prime minster by Chairman Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi that highlighted the problems of Pakistanis stuck in Afghanistan amid the coronavirus pandemic. A similar request was also made by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sinjrani.
It has been decided that all citizens would be put into isolation for seven days after crossing the border into Pakistan.
Special Assistant to PM on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Moeed Yusuf telephoned Safron Senate Committee Chairman Senator Taj and assured him that federal government has been doing everything to bring the stranded nationals from Afghanistan.
Torkham border is likely to be opened this week for Pakistani citizens stranded in Afghanistan. It may be mentioned here that thousands of stranded Afghan nationals amid coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan have recently crossed the border and reached Afghanistan.
Earlier, Moeed Yusuf confirmed that 41 Pakistanis stranded in India will be brought back to the country.