Pakistanis Stranded at Borders Protest Against Army, Imran

A citizen journalist sharing his experience at border. Shots were fired to disperse the crowd
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Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded at borders with Iran and Afghanistan are accusing the government of ignoring their plight. Most of the victims stranded at Quetta are Shia pilgrims returning from Iran, a hot spot of Coronavirus in the region …. reports Asian Lite News

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Tents arranged for stranded Pakistanis at border

Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded at borders with Iran and Afghanistan protested against the inhuman treatment petered out by the Pakistani government and army. The protesters even accused the army of shooting at the stranded pilgrims.

Pilgrims who were placed in quarantine at Quetta blames government for improper arrangements for them. A video widely circulated in the social media shows their breakfast, a glucose biscuit pack, and lunch – a poorly cooked rice along with an onion and few cucumber slices.

“Are we not Pakistanis,” the old man in the video asks. “What sin we committed to experience these sort of treatment,” he added. “We paid taxes on time and always respected the rules, and this is the gift the Pakistani government giving to us.”

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The food supplied to the stranded Pakistanis

Most of the victims stranded at Quetta are Shia pilgrims returning from Iran, a hot spot of Coronavirus in the region. The Sunni Punjabi dominated Pakistani army is ignoring the plight of pilgrims. They were first told to spend 7 days in quarantine and now the period extended to 14 days.

Scores of pilgrims who had been put in quarantine in Mian Ghundi, an area on the outskirts of Quetta, came out of the isolation centre in protest against the restriction on their movement and blocked the Quetta-Karachi highway, the Dawn reported. They were demanding that they should be allowed to go home.

The protesters tried to march towards Quetta, but security forces blocked their way. The protest continued for about three hours. According to sources, around 500 pilgrims are in quarantine in Mian Ghundi. They are residents of Quetta and other districts of Balochistan.

The local administration assured the protesters that after their screening for coronavirus they would be allowed to go home.

Situation at Afghan Border

A citizen journalist sharing his experience at border. Shots were fired to disperse the crowd

Hundreds are stranded at Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan as officials fail to set up facilities to screen the influx.  Pakistan Mission in Zahidan is learnt to be making efforts to assist Pakistanis stranded in Mirjaveh border.

The border at Chaman was closed on Monday last for one week as coronavirus has also affected people in Afghanistan, the Dawn reported. As trucks carrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas and other commodities were allowed to enter Pakistan on Saturday last, members of the business community were hoping for opening of the border and resumption of trade activities, Nato supplies and the Afghan transit trade, but the federal government decided to extend the closure of border for another week.

“The border with Afghanistan will remain closed till next Monday,” Commandant of Frontier Corps in Chaman Col Rashid Siddique told The Dawn.

He told a meeting held in Chaman and attended by senior officials, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and tribal elders that the federal government would take a decision to allow the people stranded on both sides of the border to return to their countries.

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The food supplied to the stranded Pakistanis

The stranded Pakistanis are accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Secretary Shah Mehmood Qureshi of ignoring the plight of stranded citizens. They failed to repatriate students from Wuhan also.

The Pakistanis have already started criticism that the Pakistan’s health care system is in shambles as strained  hospitals lack trained doctors and supplies. This is evident from the fact that Pakistan is one of the last places in the world still battling polio, incidents of dengue fever and HIV are on the rise.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Tehran pointed out that Pakistani side has not given any clear response regarding repatriation of its citizens. Iran has requested Pakistan to take required steps to receive their nationals.

Pakistan Mission in Zahidan is trying to assist Pakistanis stranded in Mirjaveh border. However, Iranian authorities stopped the Pakistani officials and insisted on prior approval for delivering provisions to the stranded Pakistanis.

Many Pakistanis including businessmen have threatened to conduct protests at Zahidan Consulate and others have issued ultimatum that they would cross the border illegally with the help of locals if they are not allowed to enter Pakistan legally.

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Pakistani soldiers on guard at borders

Pakistan views that Iran is not facilitating its efforts to provide food and shelter to their nationals at the border. There are even suggestions that if Iran does not cooperate Pakistan must arrange for receiving stranded Pakistanis at Mirjaveh border point. They may complete quarantine period in Pakistan side of border.  Several Pakistani nationals are waiting for more than a week as in every check point.

Meanwhile, another report says Pakistan Mission has approached Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran to deliver food to stranded Pakistanis by involving some local contacts. However, Iranian Foreign Ministry has rejected the proposal.

Pakistan Consulate has also requested to allow them for opening a unit in the border to make arrangements for stranded Pakistanis as Pakistan feels that adequate arrangements have not been made by Iran for immediate border crossing.

Many Pakistanis including businessmen have threatened to conduct protests at Zahidan Consulate and others have issued ultimatum that they would cross the border illegally with the help of locals if they are not allowed to enter Pakistan legally.

Pakistan views that Iran is not facilitating its efforts to provide food and shelter to their nationals at the border. There are even suggestions that if Iran does not cooperate Pakistan must arrange for receiving stranded Pakistanis at Mirjaveh border point. They may complete quarantine period in Pakistan side of border.  Several Pakistani nationals are waiting for more than a week as in every check point.

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