PESHAWAR: The Pakistani citizens stranded in Afghanistan have called upon the government to allow them to come back to Pakistan and open border for them on the same pattern on which the border was opened for four days for stranded Afghan nationals in Pakistan.

Yousaf Bahir, a stranded Pakistani belonging to Shinwari tribe, has uploaded a video on the social media in which he has appealed to Minister for Interfaith Harmony, Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi, Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Shafiq Sher Afridi, security officials and media representatives that hundreds of members of Shinwari tribe from Khyber tribal district are stranded in Afghanistan due to closure of border after coronavirus lockdown and they wish to go home. He said most of the stranded people are students who study in Kabul and Jalalabad universities.

Yousaf said drivers and traders as well as labourers have also been stranded in Afghanistan who are now confronted with a very difficult situation. He said the stranded people have run out of money and they are spending their time under very difficult circumstances.

Yousaf said the Pakistani nationals from Kabul, Kunar and Jalalabad also gathered at Torkham border on Afghan side in the hope of getting permission for going to Pakistan when the border was opened for Afghan nationals for four days. However, he said, they did not get permission to cross the border and they are still waiting near the border to get permission.

The Shinwari tribesman said some stranded Pakistanis have been given place by Afghan people in their hujras (male guest houses) for temporary stay. He said the Pakistani nationals don’t want to become a burden on their hosts and they want to come back to Pakistan immediately.

Yousaf and other stranded Pakistanis said they must be kept in quarantine upon arrival in Pakistan and allowed to go home only after thorough check up. He said hundreds of stranded Pakistanis will stage protest near the border if the government still did not do anything for them.

The government had opened Torkham border for stranded Afghans for four days during which thousands of them crossed over to Afghanistan.