Over 2000 pilgrims being moved from Taftan to their provinces: Officials

Pilgrims completed quarantine period at Pak-Iran border Taftan

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By Our Staff Reporter

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has moved over 2000 Zaireen (Shia Pilgrims) from Pak-Iran border Taftan towards Quetta to shift them to their native provinces. The pilgrims moved from Taftan had completed their quarantine period at Pak-Iran border Taftan, a senior officer of the home and tribal affairs department who declined to be named told Quetta Voice on Friday.

The pilgrims were moved from Iranian border amid tight security by law enforcement agencies. The director general provincial disaster management authority, Imran Zarkoon said still over 2000 people were quarantined at Pak-Iran border Taftan. He said, “now the government has decided to quarantine all including Zaireen, students, traders and tourists at the Iranian border”.

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Political parties and members of civil society had opposed the establishment of quarantine center at Hazar Ganji Quetta. “This will cause spread of corona virus in the city”, Wadood Jamal, a civil society activist complained.

So far, one corona case has been confirmed in a 12 year  old boy in Quetta’s government run hospital. The boy belongs  to Sindh’s Dadu district. The Balochistan government has already declared emergency to cope with any emergency situation in the wake of corona virus.

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Balochistan government has also imposed ban on the entry of visitors at civil secretariat Quetta. According to a notification issued by the Chief Secretary Balochistan, ban has been imposed on entry of visitors and non relevant persons at jails of the province.

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