193 Pak nationals cross over to Wagah - ECAS Punjab

193 Pak nationals cross over to Wagah

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Tribune News Service

Attari, May 5

In all, 193 Pakistani nationals, who were stranded in India in the wake of Covid-enforced lockdown, today returned to their homes via the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost.

The GOI facilitated the repatriation of Pakistani citizens who had come here to visit different parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Among the returnees include a 41-member Pakistani jatha, which had gone to Raipur on a religious trip.

It was the third group of Pakistan nationals to have returned to their home since the lockdown came into force on March 23.

Earlier, 49 Pakistanis in two batches were repatriated to their homeland via the border.

A similar gesture from the Pakistan Government to repatriate Indian citizens is awaited. Reportedly, around 250 Indians are stranded in Pakistan, including Sikh pilgrims and students.

The returnees had to undergo the mandatory medical test to obtain green signal to cross the border. As per the directions of the government, only those with sound health will be allowed to cross the border and after reaching the other side of the border, the returnees will have to undergo self-isolation.

The authorities had asked the returnees to reach on the morning of May 5, but many reached a day prior i.e. on the evening of May 4. They weren’t allowed to enter the ICP before the scheduled time.

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