Pakistan company not to evacuate its citizens trapped in China hit by coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday reiterated that its citizens in China will not be repatriated in order to keep the country safe from coronavirus. More than 500 Pakistan i students are currently studying in various universities of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Dr. Zafar Mirza, special assistant to the Prime Minister. Imran Khan , said at a press conference here that the government will stay firm on its earlier decision. He said Pakistan is stranded in China will not be allowed to return home until they are quarantined for 14 days and found to be free from the virus.

The total number of Pakistan i nationals in China is between 28,000 and 30,000. Families of most of them have been demanding that the government bring back their loved ones to the country.

The opposition has criticised the government over the decision not to allow its nationals to travel back to the country from China. They suggested that Pakistan is, mostly students, should be brought back home.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the situation an emergency of international concern. Being a responsible nation, Pakistan wants to take steps that ensure the safety of maximum people,” Dr Mirza said.

“We believe that, right now, our loved ones in China are interested in staying there. It is of greater interest to the region, the world and the country that we do not evacuate them now, he said.

If we act irresponsibly and begin to evacuate people there, this epidemic will spread everywhere, added Dr. Mirza.

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