Rifaqatullah Razarwal

PESHAWAR: The closure of Torkham border for pedestrians has made the lives of Afghan students studying in the University of Peshawar difficult.

Due to the border closure, now the Afghan students cannot participate in the viva voce exam and the university has decided to conduct it online.

Naseer Khan, an Afghan student of International Relations Department in the UoP told TNN that the border closure by the Pakistani authorities have increased the difficulties of Afghan students. He said his exams had been completed in 2020, but viva was delayed due to coronavirus lockdowns and now he has come back to Afghanistan. He said the students have received message that viva exam will be held on May 21, but he would not be able to attend it due to border closure.

TNN correspondent from Landikotal, Mehrab Afridi said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had exempted patients from the ban on arrival of pedestrians. The patients from Afghanistan will have to undergo corona tests before entry to Pakistan. He said the NCOC notification had no mention of any such exemption for students coming to Pakistani educational institutions.

Assistant Professor Saima Gul from the UoP International Relations Department told TNN that the university has decided to conduct the viva exam online for the students who cannot arrive directly to the university for it. She said details about the viva exams will be finalized in a meeting.

“The coronavirus pandemic is a real threat due to which the government has imposed restrictions on movement of people. Therefore, the related problems of students are genuine and we must work together to facilitate the students as much as we can,” she said.

She assured the students that the university will be there to help them and their online viva would be arranged soon.

According to official sources, Torkham border is still closed for pedestrians due to the prevailing situation of coronavirus.

The NCOC said patients coming from Afghanistan would be exempted from the ban who will have to undergo corona test at the border. Pakistani citizens will also be allowed to come back and they will also have to undergo corona test.




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