About 300 Pakistanis trapped in Iran in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak were allowed to enter Pakistan from the Taftan border, a Balochistan government official reported Friday.
Liaquat Shahwani, the provincial government spokesperson, told media sources that about 5,000 Pakistani pilgrims are currently in Iran, and 300 of them have been allowed to leave by the Iranian government.
He added that the pilgrims will go through screening and spend 10 days in quarantine.
A government official in Balochistan said more pilgrims would be permitted to reach Pakistan in stages later.
The Sindh government and the Balochistan government have agreed to share information of 7,000 to 8,000 passengers coming from Iran via the Taftan border in order to screen them out.
This was agreed on Friday during a meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force at Sindh CM Home.
Federal interior minister Ijaz Shah said the Pakistanis who had gone to Iran had gathered at the border to return to Pakistan.
The Sindh CM has been told that 557 people have gone to Iran in Karachi and that the government has made contact with 466 passengers of them.