‘They might die’- Afghans helplessly wait for medical visas as Pakistan shuts down its embassy

Although Pakistan itself suffers from the lack of quality when it comes to the healthcare sector, it is still a lifeline for the war-torn neighbor.  

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Men wait for visas outside Pakistan’s embassy as many Afghans need urgent medical treatment [Wakil Kohsar/AFP]

Hundreds of Afghans needing urgent medical treatment gathered around the Pakistani embassy, asking when will the visas section reopen. The embassy was recently shut down for an infinite period of time following the incidents of harassment against diplomats.

The consular office was closed after the staff members were harassed and attacked while going on missions. The closure of the visa section came into effect amid a fresh wave of tensions between both countries following the cross-border exchange of fire.

“I have a kidney disease and need to go to Pakistan on a regular basis for treatment or my kidneys will fail,” said Nabi Yosufzai, a 26-year-old shopkeeper.

The shutdown of the embassy and the crowd, repeatedly asking for re-opening, shows the dependence of Afghans as the medical treatment is either too expensive or insufficient.

“I am in a hurry to reach Pakistan as the mother of my seven children is very ill, and I urgently need to take her to Pakistan for treatment,” Abdullah Abded, who came all the way from Parwan province north of Kabul, said speaking to an international media agency. 

“I feel desperate. I may have to tell my children that their mother may die because we cannot get the visa.”

Although Pakistan itself suffers from the lack of quality when it comes to the healthcare sector, it is still a lifeline for the war-torn neighbor.


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  • It is a sad situation indeed. Maybe we ca make a makeshift hospital for in need Afghanis on the border with the help of US and other countries.

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