The Pakistan embassy in Afghanistan has expressed its deep grief over reports of loss of Afghan lives and injuries to people in a stampede five kilometer from the Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad.
According to the details, the embassy in its press release said we sympathize with the families of those who lost their lives or got injured in the unfortunate incident.
The embassy said our consulates in Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-e-Sharif continue to issue multiple entry visas to the Afghan applicants for their visits to Pakistan for family, business, medical treatment, education and other purposes.
Pakistan has recently announced a new visa policy for enhanced facilitation to Afghan nationals for long-term multiple entry visas which is being implemented by the embassy and consulates in Afghanistan.
Let it be known that at least 15 Afghans died and more than a dozen injured in a stampede near the Pakistani consulate in eastern Afghanistan.
The stampede occurred in a stadium in Jalalabad city where thousands of Afghans had gathered to secure visas from the consulate.
An estimated 3,000 Afghans had congregated on the open ground outside the consulate, waiting to collect tokens needed to apply for a visa.
Tens of thousands of Afghans every year travel to neighboring Pakistan to secure medical treatment, education and jobs. The two countries share a nearly 2,600-kilometre border.
Pakistan hosts about 3 million Afghan refugees and economic migrants, who have fled violence, religious persecution, and poverty in their war-torn country.