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Afghans asked to get visas before travelling to Pakistan

Afghans asked to get visas before travelling to Pakistan

May 20, 2016 - 15:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Islamabad is taking additional measures to regulate cross-border movement at Torkham, a spokesman for the Pakistaninfo-icon embassy in Kabul said on Friday.

In line with the proposed measures, Pakistani media says, Islamabad will not allow Afghans to enter the neighbouring country without valid travel documents after May 31, 2016.

Approached for comments on the subject, Press CounsellorAkhtar Munir confirmed some additional steps were being taken at the Torkham border with effect from June 1.

The new initiatives were essentially aimed at curbing drug smuggling, illegal cross-border movement of undesirable elements and facilitating genuine visitors, the diplomat explained.

He said the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul had also introduced additional facilities on its premises and in consulates to swiftly issue free visas within three working days on receipt of applications.

Patients are issued visas on a priority basis; businessmen could approach the embassy through the commercial sectionand there was a separate counter for those having air tickets.

Munir urged all Afghans to get visas before travelling to Pakistan to avoid any untoward incident at the border after enforcement of the new measures.



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