COVID-19: Over 5,000 Drivers, Helpers Remain Stranded on Afghan Border

Despite the announcement of reopening of the Pak-Afghan border by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on March 20, over 1,700 loaded vehicles are still stranded, increasing the chances of COVID-19 outbreak in the border areas.

The issue was highlighted by the All Pakistan Customs Bonded Carrier Association (APCBCA).

APCBCA said that around 5,600 drivers/cleaners are stranded at both sides of the Pak-Afghan border for the last about 30 days, and no COVID-19 case has so far been reported among them.

It said that the Pak-Afghan border was opened for three days on March 20, but, unfortunately, over 1,700 vehicles were still stuck there due to procedural delays, leaving around 5,600 drivers/cleaners stranded near the Pak-Afghan border with no basic facilities.

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