Child stuck in India after heart surgery allowed to cross Wagha

By: Mahmood Sadiq      Published: 04:21 PM, 20 Mar, 2020
Child stuck in India after heart surgery allowed to cross Wagha

A Pakistani family stuck in India after the closure of the Wagha border because of coronavirus returned to the country on Friday.

The family that had gone in the neighbouring country for heart surgery of their child was allowed to cross the border back to Pakistan on the intervention of senior officials from both the sides.

The family stayed with Amritsar-based Indian journalist Ravinder Singh Robin, who informed about their return through tweeter.

"The Pakistani family was stuck here yesterday (Thursday). Today the Interior Minister of Pakistan and India's External Affairs Minister on humanitarian grounds allowed this family to go back," Robin tweeted.

"I am thankful to both the governments, news (persons) here (in India) and there (in Pakistan) and to everyone," the child said in a video posted by Robin.

The family head said they were very happy that both governments made efforts for saving the life of their child.

"We are thankful to both the governments, to the people and Facebook for helping us out," he said.

Expressing gratitude to Robin, the child’s mother praised the love and support they received in India.

India had suspended the movement of foreigners and commodities from Pakistan at the Wagha-Attari joint check post (JCP) on March 13 as a precautionary measure against coronavirus spread.

Pakistan also closed the border crossing for all types of movement on Thursday for two weeks.

Earlier, 43 Indians, who were associated with the Pakistan Super League and remained stuck at the Wagha check post for over eight hours due to technical immigration issues, were allowed to enter India on Thursday.

They were all taken to a government hospital in Amritsar and quarantined there as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.