COVID-19: Pakistan to open crossing points for stranded Afghans

KABUL: Pakistan announced to open crossing points with Afghanistan for four days to facilitate stranded Afghan national to return their homes, the neighboring country’s foreign ministry said.

According to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, the decision has taken on special request from Afghan government.

“At the special request of the Government of Afghanistan and based on humanitarian considerations, Pakistan has decided to allow the exit of Afghan nationals in Pakistan, wishing to go back to their country,” Aisha Farooqui, spokesperson of Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Torkham and Chaman land crossing points will open for a specific period from April 6 to 9 to facilitate Afghan nationals, she added.

On March 16, Pakistan had closed its crossing points with Iran and Afghanistan following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Later on, March 21, the country also suspended all international flights for two weeks till April 4, which is now extended till April 11.

The Kabul Times

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