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Amrullah Saleh (ehem. Leiter des National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan)

Pakistan asked to help tackle surging Afghan visa applicants

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KABUL: Amid a stratospheric surge in people looking for Pakistani visas, Afghan government has asked Pakistani Embassy in Kabul to help manage the crowds of applicants.

First vice president Amrullah Saleh said on Sunday that the foreign ministry had asked Pakistani embassy to clarify the number of visas issued per day to streamline visa services and deal with a large number of applicants properly.

This is as people have been flocking to Pakistani embassy in Kabul and its consular offices in provinces to obtain visas, creating congestion and hassles.

Saleh said the government wants to improve administration affairs and manage the large number of applicants “which have created nuisance recently”.

Pakistan resumed issuing visas to Afghans a week ago after months of coronavirus lockdown which deprived thousands of Afghan people from visiting Pakistan and left many hanging in the balance.

Many people are also complaining about challenges they face when applying for visa in the Pakistani embassy.

In a deadly stampede, which broke out when tens of thousands of people flocked to a football stadium for Pakistan visas, killed at least 11 aged women in Jalalabad.

Thousands of people apply for visa in Nangarhar every day, most of whom tend to travel for medical purposes.

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