75 stranded Pakistanis return from India through Wagah border

Pakistani nationals, who were previously stranded in India following the closure of borders due to the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, wave before crossing through the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on July 9, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 09 July 2020

75 stranded Pakistanis return from India through Wagah border

  • The Pakistanis were stuck in the neighboring country because of travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • About 500 Pakistanis stranded in India have returned home through the Attari-Wagah crossing since March 20

ISLAMABAD: A group of 75 Pakistanis, who found themselves stranded in India due to the coronavirus lockdown, returned to their home country on Thursday, announced an official handout circulated by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
These people were stuck in different Indian cities, including Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Lucknow and Mumbai, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, they were brought back to their country after Pakistani authorities coordinated with their Indian counterparts, making it possible for these people to cross the Attari-Wagah border on Thursday.
According to official statistics, about 500 Pakistanis stranded in India have returned to their country since March 20.
Archrivals for decades, relations between India and Pakistan have been particularly strained since August 2019, when Pakistan suspended almost all trade and transport ties with its neighbor following India’s decision to revoke autonomy and statehood for Kashmir, a territory also claimed by Pakistan.


Pakistan says Israel-UAE agreement will have 'far-reaching implications'

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Pakistan says Israel-UAE agreement will have 'far-reaching implications'

  • The country’s foreign office noted that peace in the Middle East was Islamabad’s key priority
  • Pakistan 'has an abiding commitment to the full realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people' – FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday described the normalization process between the United Arab Emirates and Israel as a development with significant consequences for the region. 

“We have noted the Joint Statement announcing agreement of UAE and Israel to have full normalization of relations,” the new foreign office spokesman, Zahid Hafeez, said in a statement while responding to an Arab News query. “This is a development with far-reaching implications.” 

The UAE and Israel announced their decision to normalize diplomatic ties and build a more functional relationship on Thursday. The peace deal was facilitated by United States President Donald Trump who described it as a “huge breakthrough” and a “historical peace agreement.” 

Responding to the development, Pakistan said it had an abiding commitment to the full realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination. 

“Peace and stability in the Middle East region are also Pakistan’s key priority,” the statement said, adding that for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace, Pakistan had consistently advocated a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation resolutions. 

While the deal was made after Israel decided to suspend its planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, it surprised Palestinian leaders and prompted President Mahmoud Abbas to demand an urgent Arab League meeting. 

Reading a statement outside the presidential office in Ramallah, Abbas’s senior adviser Nabil Abu Rudeinah said: “The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the surprising UAE-Israeli-US trilateral announcement.” 

He also termed the development as a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause.” 

Meanwhile, Pakistan, which has been striving to protect the rights of Kashmiris in the region, said its approach would be guided by its “evaluation of how Palestinians’ rights and aspirations are upheld and how regional peace, security and stability are preserved” by the deal.