LAHORE: Around 461 Indian nationals stranded in Pakistan owing to the Covid-19 lockdowns – most of them for over a year -- are set to return home through the Wagah border on June 28.
The visitors had come to Pakistan to meet their relatives, but could not return to India owing to the closure of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indian High Commission in Pakistan is facilitating the return of 405 Indian nationals, 48 No Obligation to Return to India visa holders and eight spouses/relatives of NORI visa holders.
A NORI visa is issued to refugees who don’t possess Indian citizenship but are permitted to stay in the country on a long-term visa (LTV). This visa allows LTV holders with no Indian citizenship to travel to Pakistan and return within 60 days.
The Indian High Commission had directed its nationals to make necessary arrangements to reach the Wagah-Attari border in time for their return.
The official twitter handle of the commission also shared details of the citizens stranded in Pakistan since last year. “High Commission of India in Pakistan is facilitating the return of 405 Indian nationals, 48 NORI visa holders and 8 spouses/relatives of NORI visa holders from Pakistan to India on June 28, 2021,” it tweeted.