KHYBER: Results of Stranded Afghans on the border with Torkham appealed to the Pakistani authorities with a request allow im going back to their homes celebrate eid with their families.
Pakistan had in banned in early April on Afghan citizens who own Tazkira, their national identity cardand asked them acquire valid visas for them future cross border movement.
new rules influenced a large number of Afghans work and stay in various parts of Pakistan in connection with their respective professions and jobs, while having only their own Afghan national cards (Tazkira) and proof of Registration cards.
Number of these Afghans also come to pakistan for treatment and found themselves in trouble after being discharged from hospitals, when they were denied back travel to Afghanistan on Tazkira.
Appeal to the Pakistani authorities for permission to cross the border without a visa
Immigration and Federal Investigation officials in Torkham said cross-border movement for Afghans were allowed through Tazkir only to Chaman. They stated that no other border crossing offered this opportunity to Afghan citizens under the newly introduced Individual Voluntary Agreement (Ivap) Policy.
Sources told this scribe that more over 300 Afghans, mostly men, stuck at the border, eagerly waiting for ‘Green signal’ from Pakistani authorities for way back without a visa.
They said that all Afghans who are stuck either spend their days and nights in mosques, restaurants, wastelands near Torkham market and a taxi rank.
Local youth organization with financial assistance of local philanthropists in the organization of iftar and sehri for those stuck Afghans.
Sher Mohammad, resident of Nangarhar said he had plans to celebrate Idul Fitr with his family and wanted go home to Kurban Bayram, but he was not allowed to cross the border, since he only owned Tazkira.
He said that he also was forced to leave his daily job at the brick kiln due to kidney disease and spent most of of hard earned money on his treatment, while maintaining some of his savings for in family back home in Afghanistan.
“Now I’ve spent all my money while waiting at the border for in last one week,” he said. added It is he should be allowed to go home because there was no visa required for going back to someone’s country.
Khalid Khan, another stranded Afghan, said he was desperate to leave. back home like his family, especially the children, were looking forward to it for him to celebrate Eid. He said that most of they were mentally and physically exhausted from the long wait.
The stranded Afghans asked the Pakistani authorities to provide them with one-temporary resolution on humanitarian base go back home and celebrate eid with their relatives and friends.
Meanwhile, customs officials seized weapons and ammunition from truck imports coal from Afghanistan via Torkham on Sunday.
Officials said the seized weapons included five American and one Forbidden Turkish pistols and dozens of cartridges. driver of in vehicle was arrested.
Published in Dawn, April 25, 2022