KABUL, Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghans stranded in Pakistan flooded the eastern Torkham border crossing point between the two countries, defying immigration rules and safety precautions against spreading the novel coronavirus.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, told Anadolu Agency that Pakistani authorities had allowed tens of thousands of stranded Afghans on Tuesday to pass through the border gate without proper immigration control and social distancing.

Pakistan on Saturday announced it would open its border with Afghanistan for four days to facilitate stranded Afghan nationals’ return home.

“On the first day [Monday], we managed the return of

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