Pakistani pilgrims caught in Iran’s coronavirus web

The spread of coronavirus in Iran was fuelled by politics and religion and consequently travelled to many countries through pilgrims. (Getty Images) By Owais Tohid April 7, 2020 When Khalid Zaidi landed in Mashhad from Karbala, things still felt normal in Iran. The traditional Qahwa Khana cafes and shops were open, and importantly for [...]

By |April 7th, 2020|Pakistan|

Iran still accepts Shia pilgrims from Pakistan and India arriving to Qom despite coronavirus pandemic

Qom is the eighth largest city in Iran. It lies 125 kilometers by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. (IRNA) March 30, 2020 Iran has not stopped accepting pilgrims to the Shia holy city of Qom despite the coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to a video circulating on [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|India, Pakistan|

Hundreds still entering Pakistan from Iran despite border closure over coronavirus

Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) personnel came into the streets to fight Coronavirus. March 1, 2020. (Supplied) March 28, 2020 Over a hundred pilgrims returned to Pakistan on Thursday from Iran via a land border crossing at Taftan in Balochistan province, immigration documents have shown, despite the border being sealed by the Pakistan government to [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Pakistan|

Pakistan seals borders with Afghanistan, Iran

People queue in line to receive protection packages for COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment. March 12, 2020. (AFP) March 13, 2020 Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) announced on Friday it will seal the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran for two weeks to [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan|

Pakistan reopens border with Iran after two weeks’ closure over virus threat

Emergency first responders wearing protective masks stand along a street in Tehran, February 24, 2020. (AFP) March 9, 2020 Pakistan on Sunday reopened its border with Iran in the Taftan, Balochistan, area two weeks after closing it down to limit the spread of coronavirus from the neighboring country, reported state-run Radio Pakistan. “Over [...]

By |March 9th, 2020|Pakistan|

50 Iran-backed Pakistani fighters killed in Turkish strikes in Syria

A poster showing 47 Pakistani militiamen associated with Zainebiyoun Brigade is being shared by Zainebiyoun on its Facebook page on March 1, 2020. (Facebook) March 7, 2020 Up to 50 Pakistani fighters have been killed in military action by the Turkish army and Syrian regime forces in Syria’s last major rebel stronghold in [...]

By |March 7th, 2020|Pakistan, Syria, Turkey|

Pilgrims stranded in Iran start returning to Pakistan

Truck drivers sit on a road near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on Feb. 25, 2020 as fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP) March 4, 2020 The federal government closed Pakistan’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan after reports confirmed presence of coronavirus patients in the two countries. Pakistani pilgrims [...]

By |March 4th, 2020|Pakistan|

Iran buries 21 Afghan, Pakistani proxy fighters killed in Syria

IRGC has sent thousands of Afghans and Pakistani fighters to fight in Syria. (Supplied) March 2, 2020 In intense clashes taking place in Syria’s Idlib province in recent days 21 members of Iran-backed Afghan and Pakistani militias were killed, Qom News an Iranian website has reported. The report says 18 members of Pakistani [...]

By |March 2nd, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey|

Pakistan temporarily opens border to let out hundreds of Iranians

Truck drivers sit on a road near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan on Feb. 25, 2020. (AFP) February 26, 2020 Pakistan on Tuesday temporarily opened its border with Iran in Taftan, Balochistan to let hundreds of Iranian citizens out, an official told Arab News. “The border has been opened for around 300 [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|Pakistan|

Coronavirus: Pakistan quarantines 270 after border closure with Iran

A commuter looks through a water-stained window wearing a mask and gloves to help guard against the Coronavirus, on a public bus in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP) February 24, 2020 Following the closure of Pakistan’s border with Iran, 270 persons who entered the country via the Taftan crossing in [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|Pakistan|