Indian media spreading lies about Pak-Afghan border situation: Sheikh Rasheed

Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday said that the India media is spreading lies about the situation at the Pak-Afghan border.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he rejected the Indian propaganda, saying there is complete peace and tranquility at the Torkham and Chaman borders. He maintained that the border crossings with Afghanistan are open for movement, trade and transit visa facility.

“Interior Ministry offices are open 24 hours a day,” Rasheed said, adding: “Immigration and FIA officials, besides others .are present at all airports and borders.”

Repatriation of Pakistanis

Speaking of Pakistani nationals, he said that the government has decided to evacuate them from Afghanistan within two days.

He said 613 Pakistanis have so far been brought back from Afghanistan since August 14, adding that the evacuation mission will be completed by Friday.

Three buses with over 100 Pakistanis, including women and children, on board were cleared early this morning at the Torkham border, the interior minister added.

Facilitation of foreigners

The minister said that Pakistan had evacuated around 900 foreign officials and diplomats from Afghanistan, and added that a special cell had been established in the interior ministry which was functioning 24 hours.

The interior minister said immigration officials have been instructed to provide visas on arrival to diplomats and foreign media.

“No Afghan refugees are coming to Pakistan. We are giving transit visas to all diplomats, media and staff of other institutions,” he said.

Responding to a question, the interior minister said that neither Pakistan will interfere in Afghanistan nor will it allow anyone in Pakistan.

The interior minister expressed the confidence that the situation will improve in Afghanistan.

(This story has been published from Such TV feed, without modifications to the text)