An estimated 3,000 Afghans had congregated on the open floor outdoors the consulate, ready to gather tokens wanted to use for a visa, two provincial officers instructed Reuters a day after the tragedy.
Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in japanese Jalalabad metropolis, the place the incident occurred mentioned of the 15 folks useless, 11 have been ladies and a number of other senior residents have been wounded.
“The visa applicants jostled to secure their token from the consulate officials […] the crowd got out of control, leading to a stampede,” mentioned an official in Jalalabad mentioned.
Tens of 1000’s of Afghans yearly journey to neighbouring Pakistan to safe medical remedy, training and jobs. The 2 international locations share an almost 2,600-kilometre border.
Pakistan hosts about Three million Afghan refugees and financial migrants, who’ve fled violence, non secular persecution and poverty of their war-torn nation.
Officers within the Pakistan embassy in Kabul weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.