ISLAMABAD: The federal government has finalised a plan to send home the Indian nationals who are stranded in Pakistan due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to details, some 748 Indians will return home through the Wagah border crossing in three phases, starting from June 25.
The Indian High Commission in Islamabad had informed the stranded Indians that they will be repatriated through Wagah on June 23 (Tuesday). However, the schedule was later revised.
According to a letter sent by the Ministry of Interior to Pakistan Rangers stationed in Punjab, stranded Indians will return in three phases due to the pandemic threat. A list of these nationals has also been provided to the concerned authorities.
As per the letter, the first group of 250 people will return on June 25. Similarly, another 250 Indians will return on June 26 and the final batch will walk the crossing on June 27. The border will remain open from June 25 to 27 to facilitate the returnees.
Customs and immigration officials have also been notified, the letter read. On returning home, Indians will be kept in quarantine for 14 days.