India and Pakistan have agreed to allow the use of the trade gate at Attari Integrated Check Post for medical emergencies during the daily retreat ceremony in the evening.
The decision was taken during the Customs Liaison Border Committee meeting held between the customs officials of both nations in Pakistan last week.
The officials discussed the demand to allow movement of diplomats, ‘dosti’ (friendship) buses and medical emergency cases through the trade gate during the retreat ceremony in the evening at the joint check-post, through which such movements take place in routine.
A customs official said while both sides agreed on allowing medical emergency cases during the ceremony, there was no consensus on the movement of diplomats and dosti buses.
In 2013, the official said, a Pakistani national, who was in India for treatment, was diagnosed with a terminal illness and wanted to go back to his country.
“But on the day the patient was being taken back, he could not cross over due to the retreat ceremony, and unfortunately died in India,” he said, adding that the issue was then taken up with Shahryar Khan, the then special envoy to Pakistan PM who was on a visit to India.
A number of ailing Pakistanis come to India for treatment through the Attari border.