On August 30, Sunday, high officials declared that the remaining 200 Pakistanis stranded in India will return on September 3, 2020.
The Pakistani citizens have been stuck in India due to the enforcement of the lockdown. The borders of the neighboring countries have been barricaded since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the railway networks have been unoperational since August 15, after an outbreak in the nearing areas. So any means of travel has been completely out of the question.
These Pakistanis are stranded in different cities across India including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Rajasthan.
Previously, about more than 500 people were stranded in India. A few of them returned to Pakistan in March 2020, whilst a few in July 2020. The remaining nationals were unfortunately unable to make it back. The Pakistan High Comission in India kept working at it to solve this issue.
Finally, on September 3, they will return via the Wagah border. Consequently, both the countries will unseal the borders to accommodate for safe travelling.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Aisha Farooqui said,
In these extraordinary times defined by the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan believes that international cooperation and collective action as one big human family is the need of the hour. On our part, we have cooperated within the region and beyond to facilitate our nationals. The ones visiting Pakistan from abroad to repatriate to their countries as smoothly as possible.
Pakistanis Are Yearning to Return Home
Apart from India, Pakistanis are stranded in 64 other countries across the world. More than 304,000 have returned via 500 domestic and international flights. A few made their return back using land routes as well.
According to high officials, all the safety measures will be taken. They will go undergo the process of testing and isolation. Moreover, their families will be provided with health security.