CHAGAI: Border authorities on Saturday said that only Pakistan nationals who are returning home from Iran will be allowed to cross over into Pakistan.
According to authorities at the Taftan border, the citizens of Iran and other countries, who are hit by novel coronavirus, will not be allowed to enter into Pakistan from the said crossing point.
Earlier this week, Pakistan had temporarily closed all the five entry points — Taftan, Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur and Washuk — at the border with Iran as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
However, a day earlier, Taftan Assistant Commissioner Taftan Najibullah Qambrani said that the Taftan border between Iran and Pakistan has been temporarily opened to allow for “one-way traffic” into the country.
Around 250-300 Pakistanis stuck in Iran were being allowed to return, he said, adding that those returning include pilgrims among other Pakistani citizens, he said.
“Those entering Pakistan from Iran are being screened. The pilgrims will definitely be kept under quarantine. They will be allowed to leave after proper screening has been done,” Qambrani had said.
Iran is struggling to contain the virus’ spread as the number of infected persons in the country rose to 388 cases and the number of deaths rose to 38 on Friday — the highest outside China.
The border officials have also clarified that only Iranian citizens, who are currently in Pakistan, will be allowed to return home.
Pakistan, on Wednesday, confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus. Both the patients had recently come back from Iran.
According to reports around 5,000 pilgrims are currently in Iran.