LASBELA: In a written notice, Pakistan Coast Guards Uthal has directed owners of Quetta-Karachi passenger bus not to board any Afghan national without proper documentation.
“If an Afghan national is found traveling in a coach without documents, the coach company will be obliged to take the passengers back to Quetta for the first time,” read the notice issued to Quetta-Karachi passenger bus.
The Pakistan Coast Guards warned that if an undocumented Afghan was found traveling in a company’s coach for the second time, the coach would be taken into custody and its owner prosecuted.
Meanwhile, more than 700 Afghan refugees have been arrested and sent back to Afghanistan in last two days.
The Quetta deputy commissioner said those who had been expelled included women and children.
The Afghan refugees had established huts in Quetta’s areas Kuchlak and Baleli, said Quetta Additional Deputy Commissioner Khalil Murad. He said they did not have legal documents. He said apart from Quetta, the refugees were arrested from Lasbela and Karachi as well.
“The Afghan refugees who had gone to Karachi and Lasbela were first brought to Quetta. From Quetta, they were sent back to Afghanistan through the border along Chaman district,” he added.
On August 31, as part of the humanitarian air bridge, the first cargo flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying medical supplies of World Health Organization (WHO) had landed in Afghanistan ‘s Mazar-i-Sharif.
The PK-234 (Boeing 777 AP-BHV), flew from Dubai and landed at the Mazar-i-Sharif Airport – the first international flight to Afghanistan’s fourth largest city after the took over of the Taliban.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan had confirmed that the PIA cargo flight took essential supplies of WHO to Mazar-i-Sharif in line with the Pakistan’s role of making a ‘humanitarian air bridge’ in coordination with international agencies.
“First PIA Cargo flight with WHO medical supplies from Islamabad to Mazar Sharif today,” the envoy had tweeted.