41 stranded Pakistanis return from India
April 16, 2020 06:50 PM
Pakistan High Commission in India said that 41 Pakistani nationals returned to the country on Thursday via Wagah Border as they were trapped in India due to the lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic.
“These Pakistani tourists came to India on various visas including medical treatment at Agra, Delhi, and Haryana,” Pakistan High Commission said, reported 24NewsHd TV channel.
Pakistan High Commission will contact Indian administration and try to ensure that the remaining 145 Pakistanis will be returned as soon as possible and will continue to offer all possible assistance, High Commission said.
According to details, Interior Ministry of India opened Wagah Border for the special crossing of stranded Pakistanis. Indian ministry also arranged for the transportation of the Pakistani citizens to Wagah border on Islamabad’s request.
Upon arrival in Pakistan, the countrymen thanked the federal government for taking prompt steps for their return.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr Moeed W Yusuf said that the government wanted to bring back Pakistanis stranded across the world in a safe manner.
“Self-isolation for the Pakistanis coming back from the other countries is mandatory,” Moeed Yusuf said while talking to a private TV channel.
He said the government of Pakistan is trying to lift 6 to 7 thousand stranded Pakistanis every week, while strict monitoring of the operation is also on.
He said that the government has given two options to every passenger returning from abroad including opting for quarantine at local hotels on their own expenses and free isolation at government-run health facilities.