Friday, February 07, 2020

India could consider request to evacuate Pak nationals from China: MEA

Pakistan is among the few nations which have taken a decision not to evacuate its nationals from China, particularly from coronavirus affected areas of Hubei province. But, despite the icy relations between India and Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that they might consider the "request" in future evacuation efforts by India.

Responding to a question by a journalist on would India help Pakistani students stuck in China raising pro-Modi slogans 'Modi Zindabad, Modi hai to mumkin hai' and saying Pakistan government is not helping, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday, "No such request has been received by us from the Government of Pakistan. But if such a situation arises and keeping in mind the resources available, we can look into it."

Pakistan's decision against evacuation is to show "solidarity" with China but it has not gone down well with the people in Pakistan, especially those whose children are stranded in China.

The Ministry of External Affairs has already come to the aid of one neighbouring nations, Maldives. Seven Maldivians were flown on the second special flight of Air India from Wuhan to New Delhi.

"We have successfully carried out the evacuation of 647 Indian nationals and 7 nationals of Maldives on two flights. These Indian nationals belong to Wuhan and nearby areas and who did not show any symptoms of illness. It was a complex operation and we thank the Government of China for their support and facilitation during this exercise," said Raveesh Kumar at the weekly media briefing.

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