45 Pakistanis stranded in China as Shahrah-e-Resham blocked due to landsliding


TASHKURGAN: At least 45 Pakistanis are stranded in Chinese Tashkurgan as Shahrah-e-Resham is shut due to landsliding.


The marooned persons can neither go back to Xinjiang nor enter Pakistan as landsliding has confined the movement.

The people are forced to take up rooms in nearby hotels that are quite expensive driving them to verge of going broke. Being at a high altitude, lower oxygen level is another issue for the people stuck there.

Sarfraz Bacha, one of the stranded Pakistani told Dunya News that 45 persons are stuck in the area and their visas are about to expire.

Bacha said that Pakistani embassy in China have not responded satisfactorily despite making contact several times.

Most of the stranded families hail from different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while one belongs to Punjab.

On the other hand, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) has restored 600 kilometres (Km) long different roads at land-slide hit points including Karakoram Highway and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Karakoram Highway and different roads in Gilgit-Baltistan were closed at 175 points due to land-sliding since April 3. Over 100 people have lost lives in storm-related incidents in different areas, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Army rescuers have cleared as many as 108 obstructions restoring 475 kilometres long road.

At least 22 points have been cleared in Gilgit and Skardu, opening 125km long roads for traffic. Army copters distributed relief items to affectees in Chilas, Barseen and Patan.

At least 33 tonne wheat has also been issued by authorities for affectees in Gilgit.

As many as 23 persons could not be rescued from under the rubble in Kohistan’s Kandia after six days, prompting locals to offer their funeral prayers and declare the site a graveyard.

According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), by April 8, 17 were killed in Shanghla, 13 in Swat, two in Bannu, six in Upper Dir, two in Chitral, Mardan, Lower Dir and Battagram each.