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Pakistan eases visa coverage to assist journalists, media staff evacuate Afghanistan

Pakistan eases visa policy to help journalists, media workers evacuate Afghanistan
Pakistan on Friday introduced a leisure in its visa coverage for journalists and media staff caught in Afghanistan, the place the safety scenario has been worsening within the wake of a sweeping Taliban offensive.

“The Authorities of Pakistan has determined to ease its visa coverage for journalists and media staff stranded in Afghanistan in view of the evolving scenario in Afghanistan,” a press release issued by Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed mentioned.

The assertion urged the international journalists and media staff “who need to depart Afghanistan through Pakistan” to use for a Pakistani visa.

“The inside ministry will concern visas to such worldwide journalists and staff on a precedence foundation,” it added.

It additional mentioned the federal government had taken the choice to calm down the visa coverage in consideration of the security of the media personnel working in Afghanistan,

The announcement comes because the Taliban on Friday seized extra main cities as they raced to take full management of Afghanistan and inched nearer to Kabul, with america and Britain deploying 1000’s of troops to evacuate their residents from the capital.

The evacuation orders got here because the Taliban took management of Kandahar — the nation’s second-biggest metropolis — within the insurgency’s heartland, leaving solely Kabul and pockets of different territories in authorities fingers.

The federal government has now successfully misplaced many of the nation following an eight-day blitz into city centres by the Taliban that has additionally shocked Kabul’s American backers.

The primary wave of the offensive was launched in early Could after america and its allies all however withdrew their forces from Afghanistan, with President Joe Biden decided to finish 20 years of struggle by September 11.

Final month, NAI, a rights group supporting unbiased media in Afghanistan, reported that no less than 30 journalists and media staff had been killed, wounded or kidnapped by militant teams in Afghanistan this yr.

Earlier this week, suspected Taliban fighters killed an Afghan radio station supervisor in Kabul and kidnapped a journalist in southern Helmand province.