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By Our Reporter

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has decided to send Zaireen (Shia pilgrims) back to their native provinces after completion of quarantine period at Pak-Iran border Taftan.

All arrangements were being made to shift the Zaireen who completed their 14 day quarantine period from Balochistan to Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pukhttonkhwa provinces, a well-placed official in Balochistan government told Quetta Voice on Thursday evening. This decision has come after the traders, political parties and members of civil society objected over the establishment of quarantine center  in Quetta. All out efforts should be made to halt the spread of corona virus here and the government  should make all efforts to shift the Zaireen to their provinces, Ghullam Nabi Marri, the central leader of Balochistan National Party Mengal demanded.

Almost 400 pilgrims have completed their quarantine period at Pakistan house and other quarantine  centers at Pak-Iran border Taftan, the official said. Pakistan had closed its border with Iran at Taftan on February 22nd this year. The federal government had made this decision in the aftermath of deaths caused by novel corona virus in neighboring Iran. Thousands of Iranians have been tested positive for the novel corona virus after the outbreak of virus in China’s Wuhan province  in late 2019.

Currently, over 4,500 people have been quarantined at Pak-Iran border Taftan to halt the spread of deadly corona virus in the country. The authorities have stopped students, pilgrims, tourists and traders at the border and kept them in the centers.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.