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Over 350 Indians stranded in Pakistan due to covid-19 return back in India

Wagah Border: More than 350 Indians and around 50 NORI holders stranded in Pakistan due to covid-19 restrictions returned back to India via Attari-Wagah border in Punjab on Monday.

While speaking to the media on the development, Protocol Officer (Police) Arunpal Singh confirmed, “360 Indians and 50 No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) visa holders, who were stranded in Pakistan due to Covid restrictions, returned via Attari-Wagah border yesterday.”

Liyaqat Ali, a resident of Baramulla who returned from Pakistan, said, “I went to Pakistan in December last year to meet my maternal uncle and got stuck due to Covid-induced restrictions… I am happy to be back home after 6 months.”

Meanwhile, three Pakistani fishermen who were caught in Indian waters off Gujarat coast in 2016 and a Lahore resident who was arrested in Punjab’s Tarn Taran in 2017 were released and went to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border, confirmed Arunpal Singh.

Lahore resident Mohammad Rizwan told media, “I was a tailor in Lahore and crossed the border inadvertently when I had come to witness the August 15 parade in 2017. I’m going home after 4 years. I thank the Indian government for releasing me today.”

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