Iran asked to keep 5000 Pakistani pilgrims under vigilance, isolation

Zaireen will be allowed after Corona Virus screening by Iranian authorities: Liaqat Shahwani


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QUETTA: Pakistan has asked Iranian authorities to keep around 5000 Pakistani Shia pilgrims under vigilance and in isolation in the aftermath of deaths caused by the deadly crona virus in Iran. Pakistan has banned movement of people at Pak-Iran border Taftan in view of corona virus cases in neighboring  Iran.

“We will only allow Zaireen for entry in Pakistan after verification from Iranian authorities”, Liaqat Shahwani, the Spokesman government of Balochistan told a press conference in Quetta on Sunday evening. Chief Secretary Balochistan, Captain (R) Fazeel Asghar was also present on the occasion.

Pilgrims coming from Iran would be kept under vigilance for fourteen days, Chief Secretary Balochistan, captain (R) Fazeel Asghar told reporters. Pilgrims would be allowed to move towards other provinces after screening and clearance, the Chief Secretary mentioned.

Pakistan has stepped up arrangements at Pak-Iran border Taftan in the wake of corona virus related deaths in neighboring Iran. Balochistan government has established to set up 100 bedded tent hospital at the bordering town Taftan to tackle any emergency situation.

Fear of corona virus, tent hospital being set up at Pak-Iran border Taftan

The issue is peoples’ movement at unfrequented routes located at 900 long border with Iran, Ayaz Mandokhail, the Commissioner Rakhshan division told Quetta Voice. Mr. Mandokahil cautioned the people to avoid travelling through unfrequented routes and sneaking into Iran.

The deadly virus has claimed over 2500 lives in China and affected thousands of people. China’s Wuhan province where the virus surfaced has been worst affected by the deadly virus. However, Iran has become second country severely affected by the deadly virus.

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