According to the announcement made by the Interior Ministry of Pakistan, the Attari-Wagah border will open for three days starting today to repatriate stranded Indian nationals in Pakistan.
The Interior Ministry, in its statement, said that as many as 748 Indian nationals stranded in Pakistan due to the coronavirus lockdown will return to their country India in the three phases.
The ministry said that the Indian nationals are in different cities of Pakistan and in the first and second phases of the repatriation process, 250 each Indian nationals will be repatriated while the third batch is made up for the remaining 248 citizens of the neighboring country.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistani authorities on March 19 had closed the Wagah Border, Lahore in its bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
According to an India media outlet Hindustan Times, a team of about six doctors will be at the integrated check post (ICP) at the Wagah-Attari border to screen the people returning from Pakistan.
It is worth mentioning here that the batch of returning citizens also includes 402 students from Kashmir who have been studying in various universities of Pakistan. Others, being repatriated were on a pilgrimage to various religious spots in Pakistan.