At least 193 Pakistani citizens, stranded in India were repatriated via the Wagah border crossing on Tuesday.
The Pakistani nationals were stranded after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The lot included women and children, who were screened and transferred to quarantine centres in Lahore upon their arrival in Pakistan.
The purpose of their trip to India pertained to visiting family, seeking medical treatment and attending religious ceremonies.
Several Pakistanis had reached the border crossing on Monday evening, but were sent back by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and spent the night in Amritsar. Later, they arrived at the border in different groups.
“I will appeal to all the Pakistanis stranded in India to remain confined to their homes and virtually remain in contact with the Pakistan High Commission. The Pakistan embassy is making efforts for the return of all Pakistanis,” he said.
Amtal Basit had also thanked both the governments for her safe return and appealed to others stranded in India to follow the government’s directives and remain confined to their homes.
Many of the returnees were reportedly quarantined in various cities and screened at Attari before being allowed to cross the Wagah border.