First batch of Pakistani students return to China

First batch of Pakistani students return to China

First batch of Pakistani students return to China

First batch of 90 Pakistani students has returned to China.

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  • First batch of 90 Pakistani students has returned
  • PIA chartered flight took them to city of Xian
  • There are 6,000 students who intend to return to China
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ISLAMABAD: The first batch of 90 Pakistani students on Monday returned to China on a special chartered flight to continue their on-campus studies, the Foreign Office said.

The students were seen off at the airport by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain, Additional Secretary (Asia-Pacific) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, and other senior officials from the Foreign Office, Federal Education Department and Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had made a special request for the return of students to China for on-campus studies during his meeting with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in China on May 22.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, HEC and the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing have been actively engaged in efforts for facilitating the return of the students.

The Foreign Office said Government of Pakistan has thanked the Chinese government for enabling the return of this batch of students.

It is expected that the successful arrival of the first batch would pave the way for the return of all Pakistani students to China for on-campus studies.

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Chartered flight

PIA special flight PK-6854 took off from Islamabad International Airport on Monday and landed at Xian Xianyang International Airport at 3 PM local time.

All the students will undergo 14-day quarantine in Xian as per Covid-19 control and prevention measures imposed by the local government for passengers arriving from abroad. Later, the students will go to their universities in different cities to continue their education.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in his last month’s telephonic conversation with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the issue of Pakistani students desirous of returning to China to resume studies.

Premier Li Keqiang had assured that China accorded high priority to their return. The two sides agreed for phased return of the Pakistani students subject to the Covid-19 situation in China.

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The Chinese side had agreed to allow around 250 Pakistani students for return to China enabling them to continue their studies in the Chinese universities in different cities.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing had long been engaged with the relevant Chinese authorities regarding return of Pakistani students to their universities in China.

The embassy would continue pursuing this matter with the Chinese authorities for return of remaining students as well. There are 6,000 Pakistani students who intend to go back to China to pursue their studies.

 

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