Border with Iran still closed

Fifth day of border's closure compounds problems of people

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TAFTAN: Pak-Iran border at Taftan remained closed for fifth consecutive day in the aftermath of deaths caused by Corona virus in neighboring Iran. Pakistan has also confirmed two Corona Virus cases on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan and federal minister for health Dr. Zafar Mirza are expected to visit Taftan, the bordering town with Iran to review arrangements today.

Over 250 Zaireen (Shia pilgrims) have been kept in Pakistan house Taftan and not being allowed to move from there. Pakistan had already asked the Iranian authorities not to allow over 6000 Pakistani Zaireen to enter into Pakistan after the deadly virus caused  14 deaths in Iran and affecting dozens of people.

Two Corona Virus cases reported in Pakistan

Apart from Zaireen, the traders remained the worst sufferers as they have been barred from entering into Pakistan. Similarly, the businessmen who wanted to enter into Iran from Pakistan have also been stopped.

At the Taftan border, the Balochistan government has established a 100 bed tent hospital to tackle any emergency situation in the wake of corona virus. The provincial disaster management authority, health department and other concerned quarters have made necessary arrangements to cope with any emergency situation.

Pakistan has also suspended train service with Iran. The federal minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced that the train service would be restored after normalizing the situation.

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