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Several Killed in Stampede for Pakistan Visas in Jalalabad

More than a dozen people were killed in a stampede in Jalalabad on October 21 as thousands of Afghanis seeking Pakistan visas crowded into a stadium. Most of those killed were women, Tolo News said, while a number of people were also injured.

Applicants had been requested to gather at the stadium, five kilometers away from Pakistan’s consulate, where they would receive tokens needed for their applications. Thousands of people showed up, leading to the stampede, according to local reports.

Pakistan only began issuing visas last week, after an eight-month interruption due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Pakistan embassy in Kabul expressed “deep grief and sadness” at the deaths. Credit: Pajhwok Afghan News via Storyful