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‘No Entry’ for Afghans without visa: says Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan on Wednesday announced that no Afghan national or refugee can cross the border and enter Pakistan without proper travel documents.

According to media reports, the border authorities at Torkham crossing have banned Afghan refugees to from entering in Pakistan without travel documents from today (Wednesday).

This would be the third time Pakistani border authorities put the ban on Afghan nationals to enter the country without having a legal passport and valid visa. Earlier on April 1, the authorities restricted the Afghan nationals to enter the country without proper documents after April 30.

According to border authorities, the travel papers will be checked at eight points along the border with Afghanistan.

“Security on Pak-Afghan border has been tightened and extra Khasadar and security force personnel have been deployed at various points in Torkham to curb the illegal entry of foreign nationals into Pakistan territory,” an official from the border authorities said.

The move comes after recent involvements of Afghan nationals in terror attacks on the checkpoints near Pak-Afghan border.

Earlier, Afghan authorities requested Pakistan to relax travel restrictions for Afghan citizens, especially women and children entering Pakistan.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.