Pak Senate body calls for early solution of pilgrims' problems enroute to Iran

Islamabad, Feb 9, IRNA -- Pakistani Senate Standing Committee on Interior has called for early solution to the problems faced by Pakistani pilgrims at border crossing of Taftan with Iran.

The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was held in Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Rehman Malik.

Senator Rehman Malik informed the committee that he has taken notice of the issue of hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims stranded on Pak-Iran border, Taftan Balochistan.

He said that he was informed that around 1,200 pilgrims were stranded for the last two weeks at the Iran-Pakistan border due to lack of security needed to escort their buses to Quetta.

He added that he talked to IG FC Balochistan South Region Major General Saeed Ahmed Nagra and Director FIA who assured him of full facilitation to the stranded pilgrims.

He went on to say that lives of pilgrims, including women and children, remain at high risk due to spending nights under the cold sky without proper shelter, food and drinking water.

He directed the Federal and Provincial authorities to make immediate arrangements for safety of stranded pilgrims and a detailed report on the matter should be sent to the Committee immediately for further necessary action.

He directed that the Ministry of Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, government of Balochistan and concerned authority must formulate and finalise a plan to regulate and facilitate the pilgrims on the model Haj pilgrims are being regulated and facilitated.

He said there should be Ziarat Policy like the existing Haj Policy.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs informed the Committee that in coordination with Ministry of Interior they will finalise the proposed plan soon and will share it with the Committee.
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