More than 300 pilgrims have arrived Taftan after the restrictions lifted to enter Pakistan from Pakistan-Iran border, spokesperson Balochistan government said on Friday.
The spokesperson said that all the pilgrims who have arrived will be quarantined for 10 days, saying that they will be allowed to leave after the fulfillment of the prescribed term.
“They were forced to leave the Iranian land due to which they were stranded in the area between the Pakistan-Iran border”, the spokesperson said while adding that, “all pilgrims coming from Iran to Pakistan will be screened for the coronavirus”.
It is to be noted that Pakistan has already confirmed two cases of coronavirus and the victims who were tested positive had a travel history to Iran.
On Friday, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said the government now has a strategy to manage the situation of pilgrims coming to Pakistan from Iran which has been hit with the lethal epidemic.
Meanwhile, he reviewed the situation at the Taftan-Zahedan border.
226/ At Taftan-Zahdan border. Reviewed the situation and now we have a plan! Over next few days we will gradually allow Pakistani Zaireens returning from Iran in batches after full health screening. Point of entry is being strengthened. Thanks to all for the hard work! pic.twitter.com/ZhaqwX0s6Y
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 28, 2020
During his visit to Taftan, Mirza said that the over next few days the authorities will gradually allow Pakistani pilgrims returning from Iran to enter the country, after their screening would be cleared.