21 Pakistani visa applicants die in Nangarhar
Local officials in Nangarhar province say 21 people were killed in order to obtain Pakistani visas at the Jalalabad football stadium due to overcrowding.
Atallah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, told the media today (Wednesday): “A crowd at the Jalalabad football stadium for Pakistani visas near the Pakistani embassy in Jalalabad has killed 12 female clients and 12 others. “Three others have been injured.”
Officials at the Jalalabad city hospital also confirmed the transfer of the bodies of 12 women from the incident to the health center. Twelve wounded were taken to hospital, three of them men, according to officials.
The Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad also confirmed the incident, saying that twelve women had died as a result of mismanagement and overcrowding.
Pakistani visas have been suspended since March 16 following the outbreak of the coronavirus but resumed about 10 days ago. Many Afghans, especially from the eastern provinces, are mostly treated for their illnesses or for work. They travel to Pakistan.
The Pakistani embassy recently announced that in order to facilitate visa distribution, visa distribution services will be launched in addition to Kabul at the consulates of Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-e-Sharif.
Allegations of corruption in the distribution of Pakistani visas have left the basics of arranging and distributing visas to civil society activists in the city of Jalalabad, which has been underway at the Jalalabad Stadium for the past few days.