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Official document reveals PM’s health advisor ordered easing restrictions at Pak-Iran border for “no sound reason”

Official document reveals PM’s health advisor ordered easing restrictions at Pak-Iran border for “no sound reason”

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A verified document dated 7 March which was obtained by Arab News on Sunday, states that Prime Minister’s special assistant on health, Dr. Zafar Mirza ordered an ease in quarantine restrictions at the border “for no sound reason” on the 27th of Feb. 

The document pictured below is the official correspondence between a former regional commissioner at Taftan, Ayaz Mandokhel, and the additional chief secretary of the government of Balochistan, as confirmed by a report from Arab News.

What are the implications of easing the restrictions at the border?

As of March, 78 percent of all cases in Pakistan had a travel history to Iran. Easing quarantine restrictions along the Pak-Iran border in February led to the influx of hundreds of people carrying covid-19 into the country. More than 6,000 people, a majority of the pilgrims, entered the western province of Balochistan once the restrictions were eased.

What else does the letter say?

The letter states: “The quarantine period has been reduced from fourteen to seven days for no obvious reasons.”

It also highlighted that screening and quarantine measures were only being implemented at Taftan while hundreds of kilometers of border with Afghanistan and Iran remained unguarded.

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