Friday, February 07, 2020

Will India airlift Pakistani students from Wuhan? Here's what government has to say

New Delhi: When India evacuated its students from the epicentre of deadly coronavirus in China's Wuhan, the internet was left heart-broken by something else. As Indian students, most studying medicine, boarded the buses sent by the Indian embassy to leave, Pakistani students made videos and posted on social media.
In their emotional messages, they denounced their government and hailed India. Imran Khan-led Pakistani government has chosen not to evacuate its students from the country which has, by Thursday, registered over 28000 confirmed cases and at least 560 deaths.
Soon, the din on social media grew to request Indian authorities to evacuate Pakistani students as well. The Indian government has responded. Ministry of External Affairs has said that India can consider it if Imran Khan government makes a request.
On being asked if the government is planning to help Pakistani students who have been left behind their country in coronavirus-stricken Wuhan in China, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that for now, the Pakistan government has not made any such request.
"But if such a situation arises and we have resources available, then we will surely think about it," Raveesh Kumar said.
Chinese health authorities reported 563 deaths and another sharp jump in the number of confirmed cases to 28,018. Outside mainland China, at least 260 cases have been confirmed, including two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
06/02/20 India Today
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