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Elderly man dies while seeking Pakistan visa in Jalalabad

Elderly man dies while seeking Pakistan visa in Jalalabad

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Jun 24, 2019 - 19:29

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Another elderly man died while waiting to apply for Pakistaninfo-icon visa in front of the country’s consulate in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Monday.

Few months back, an elderly man died while waiting for his turn to apply for Pakistan visa in Jalalabad.

Thousands of people including men, womeninfo-icon, patients and elders gather and wait in huge crowds in front of Pakistan Consulate for obtaining Pakistan visa on a daily basis.

The elder waiting for his turn to apply for Pakistan visa under a fire-emitting sun from morning until 12pm first fell unconscious and then breathed his last.

Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the victim’s name was Mohammad Rafiq, a resident of Behsud district.

 A few months back, an elderly man from Kama district died while applying for Pakistan visa for his treatment there.

Civil societyinfo-icon activists in Nangarhar say the local administration’s silence over the issue is not acceptable and a solution is needed.

Rohullah Lalporwal, a civil society activist, said Nangarhar governor should share the problem with the president so he could share it with Pakistan during his upcoming trip to that country.

“The visa issue is above the authority of governors and local officials, but it does not mean they should be silent over people’s problems and they should at least share it with the Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, he said.

Burhan Sirat, another civil society activist, said the problem regarding Pakistan visa had long been persisted and civil society activists in the province had several times tried for a solution.

He said their efforts for a solution to the problem faced negative reactions from police and consulate officials.

“Crowds of people waiting to apply for visa is beneficial for police and consulate officials because people in such situation are forced to pay bribe to get their turn faster,” he added.

Nangarhar officials do not reject police corruption in the consulate, but say they usually watch the situation and have changed officials when found guilty based on evidence.

On the other hand, Pakistan consulate officials in Jalalabad say they had a number limited of staff who could not process the applications of a large number of visitors.

The consulate general, Abidullah, said they processed around 1,000 to 1,200 visa applications a day.

Around 4,000 people need to apply for Pakistan visa in Jalalabad on a daily basis, but the consulate can provide only around 1,000 visas.

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