As many as 300 Indian citizens, trapped in Pakistan because of the coronavirus pandemic, will return home. The Indian government has given permission for them to return, Hindustan Times, Hindi language publication reported.
According to reports in Pakistani media, quoted by Hindustan, these people will cross into India via the Attari-Wagah border on Saturday, media reports further said.
Among this group of people are 80 students from Jammu and Kashmir who have studied in Lahore. The group also includes 10 Indian citizens in Islamabad and 12 in Nankana Sahib who went to meet their relatives and were trapped there due to global travel restrictions after Covid-19. About 200 Indian citizens live in Karachi and other parts of Sindh province, Pakistan, Hindustan reported.
They were asked to sign a statement after which they received permission to return. Pakistan has made all arrangements to bring the group to the Wagah border – they will be taken there on Friday night and handed over to Indian authorities on Saturday.
One hundred seventy-six Pakistani citizens were trapped in India because they were locked back to Pakistan on Wednesday through the Attari-Wagah border crossing. They have been stranded in India for the past two months. Most of these people come to India for pilgrimage.
Pakistani Rangers received it from the Border Security Force (BSF).
“After their arrival, Pakistanis including women and children were examined and transferred to the quarantine center in Lahore where they will stay for 72 hours,” Mohammad Younis from Edhi Foundation told the PTI news agency.
They were trapped in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi due to lockdowns and closure of the Attari-Wagah border after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, 400 Pakistani citizens have returned to their home countries from India since March 20, 2020.