405 Indians stranded in Pakistan after Covid-19 to return next week
This is the highest number of Indians to be repatriated from Pakistan in a single day since June 2020
Over 400 Indian nationals stranded in different parts of Pakistan due to the closure of borders for the containment of Covid-19 in March last year will return on June 28.
Additionally, 48 No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) visa holders and 8 spouses and relatives of NORI visa holders will also return from Pakistan to India the same day.
“High Commission of India in Pakistan is facilitating the return of 405 Indian nationals, 48 NORI visa holders and 8 spouses/relatives of NORI visa holders from Pakistan to India on June 28, 2021 as per the attached list,” said a statement of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan on Wednesday.
The repatriation will be carried out as per the list of Indian nationals and NORI visa holders, it noted.
The Indian Mission in Islamabad has asked all individuals listed to make necessary arrangements to reach at the Wagah-Attari border in time for their repatriation.
This is by far the highest number of Indian nationals to be repatriated from Pakistan in a single day since the Indian High Commission begun facilitating return of Indians from Pakistan in June last year.
India and Pakistan had then operated a shuttle service for people stuck on both sides of the border due to the pandemic. The High Commission had facilitated the return of 748 Indians from Pakistan on 25-27 June 2020.
More than 2,000 Indians and Pakistanis have already been allowed to return to their respective countries though the border since June.
This year alone, 114 compatriots had returned to India on 11 January.
Besides, Indian nationals, NORI visa holders and their spouses or relatives have also been bought back to the country from Pakistan.
The Indian government issues NORI visas to Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals who leave their home country and live in India or are married in India but have not yet obtained Indian citizenship.