PMLN, PPP Criticise Govt For Not Repatriating Pakistanis Stranded in China

Ruling party PTI has been lambasted by opposition parties for not repatriating Pakistani students studying in China, who are at a risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The criticism from opposition lawmakers came during a session of the Senate where the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan, China and the measures that the government had taken were discussed. 

PML-N Senator Mushahidullah has criticised the government for not doing anything to evacuate Pakistani students from China. He said that the mothers of those students in Pakistan were “upset and crying” out of worry for their children.

PPP leader Rehman Malik said the government should send a special plane to bring back Pakistanis from Wuhan. He said if there was risk of the disease spreading in Pakistan then a proper screening process should be conducted so that the virus is contained. 

Earlier, the government said it would not evacuate Pakistani students stranded in Wuhan as it was not advisable to do so. “We don’t want to take any emotional decision which will cause this virus to spread further,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said during a press conference.