Wednesday 21 October 2020 - 11:06

Deadly Stampede As Large Crowd Gathers Outside Pakistani Consulate in Afghanistan

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Deadly Stampede As Large Crowd Gathers Outside Pakistani Consulate in Afghanistan
The incident took place on Tuesday after a jostling broke out as an estimated 3,000 Afghans had gathered outside the consulate to collect tokens needed to apply for a visa.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, told Reuters on Wednesday that 11 of the 15 victims were women, adding that several senior citizens were among the injured.

“The visa applicants jostled to secure their token from the consulate officials… the crowd got out of control, leading to a stampede,” said an unnamed official in Jalalabad.

Every year, tens of thousands of Afghans travel to neighboring Pakistan to secure medical treatment, receive education, and find jobs. Pakistan hosts about three million Afghan refugees and economic migrants, who have fled violence, religious persecution, and poverty in their war-torn country.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a nearly-2,600-kilometer, largely porous border. The two countries are in a dispute over the demarcation of the border, which is a key battleground in the fight against the Taliban.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly accuse each other of supporting and providing sanctuary to militants. Both sides, however, deny such allegations.

Eastern and northern Afghanistan have witnessed an expansion of the presence of the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] terrorists in recent years. The notorious group has been mostly populating Nangarhar, from where it has planned attacks on major population centers across the country.

Jalalabad has been the scene of frequent acts of terror by Taliban and Daesh.