LAHORE: Another 176 Pakistani nationals stranded in India returned through the Wagah border on Wednesday.
The border, which had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was opened exclusively for their return. These Pakistani citizens had been stranded in different Indian cities for the past two months, with most having travelled on pilgrim visas.
This is the third set of Pakistani nationals who have been repatriated from India since the pandemic. The return of roughly 400 stranded citizens has been facilitated thus far.
Upon their arrival, immigration and customs clearance and screening was carried out in accordance with anti-coronavirus measures in place. Officials said that the luggage of the travelers was also disinfected and that the suspected cases will be sent to isolation centres for quarantine.
Meanwhile, Indian nationals stranded in Pakistan also await their return to their home country. At least 208 Indian nationals are reportedly stranded in Pakistan as of now.
Several of the stranded Pakistani and Indian citizens include Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs who had travelled to the respective neighbouring country for religious pilgrimage and found themselves unable to return due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.