NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – At least 15 people died when thousands of Afghans jostled for visas outside the Pakistani consulate on Tuesday (20/10), officials from the city of Jalalabad said.
“Visa applicants are jostling to take tokens from consular officers. The crowd went out of control and caused a riot, ”said the Jalalabad official.
It is estimated that as many as 3,000 Afghans gathered in line at the open space. Waiting to obtain the tokens needed to apply for a visa, two provincial officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said that 11 of the 15 victims killed were women. Meanwhile, a number of elderly residents were also part of the victims who were injured.
In the meantime, there has been no official statement from the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, regarding the deadly incident.
Every year, tens of thousands of Afghans go to Pakistan for various purposes, such as undergoing medical treatment, continuing education, and working. The two countries are separated by a border of nearly 2,600 kilometers.
Pakistan alone hosts an estimated three million Afghan refugees and economic migrants who have fled violence, religious persecution and poverty in the conflict country. (int1)