Stranded Pakistani cross in through Torkham

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Approximately 200 Pakistani truckers and 78 trucks were brought back to their native via Torkham border here on Friday.

It is to be stated here that after suspension of the Pak-Afghan sharing border, due to threat of COVID 19, hundreds of Pakistani citizens trapped on the other side of Afghanistan.

Deputy Commissioner, Khyber Mehmood Aslam Wazir while sharing details the per direction of the federal government, all arrangements had been finalized at Torkham border and in first phase all truckers waiting since long on the other side of the border would be let to cross in to their country and that would be followed by other stranded passengers.

“All the stuck Pakistanis will be bring back to their country in short time however he notified that border is not resumed for general crossing”, DC added.

He added that all the vehicles were anticipated sprayed at the entry point, masks, sensitizes and other safety commodities were provided to them drivers and then were shifted to quarantine center, established in government boys’ high school in tight security.

The district high officer further said that lab test of all stuck Pakistanis would be conducted and then their fate would be decided after declaring their tests.

He urged all the quarantined persons to cooperation with the officials as all the precautionary measures had been adopted in their best interest.

The transporters lauded the positive step of the Pak government by allowing them to come back to their country.

Ikhtayar Wali, resident of Peshawar who trapped in Afghanistan for the last 40 days thanked the Pak government for bringing them back to their motherland. 

We suffered a lot in Afghanistan and glad to be in their country, he added.

Later on, the Deputy Commissioner, Khyber took a visit of local journalists to set up at C&W, offices to facilitate the quarantined ones.

The visitors examined food and other edibles, provided to them and expressed their satisfaction.