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Families Of Students Stranded In China Reject Govt’s Explanation, Threaten To Stage Sit-In

The families of Pakistani students who are still stranded in China amid the Coronavirus outbreak protested the government’s inaction, saying that even Afghanistan and Bangladesh have evacuated their citizens from China. The protesters rejected the clarification given by special assistants to the PM on overseas Pakistanis and national health services.

The protesters threatened to hold a sit-in outside the Chinese embassy and outside ministries if their concerns are not addressed.

The relatives of Pakistanis who are stranded in China were briefed by the government authorities on the instructions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

While addressing the participants, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari said that the briefing that the coronavirus situation in China has become complicated.
“We are aware and can realise the problem and anxiety of parents. However, we can assure you that those Pakistani citizens are in safe hands. China has also given permission for two representatives from the Pakistani embassy to visit the affected area and observe the students’ issues.

Pakistan is the only country that has been sending diplomats to the affected area and even they will not be able to return without [being quarantined],” he said.

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