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PM Imran Khan directs FS to maintain contact with Pak students in Wuhan


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

11th Feb, 2020. 04:11 pm
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Prime Minister Imran Khan (PM Imran Khan ) on Tuesday directed the Secretary Foreign Affairs to maintain constant contact with Pakistani students in Wuhan and keep their families informed about their well-being.

APP reported that PM Imran Khan gave this direction during a meeting here with Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza and Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari.

Foreign Secretary Suhail Mehmood was also present in the meeting.

The Prime Minister inquired about the details and the current status of Pakistanis in China, particularly Pakistani students in Wuhan. He also took briefing about the health of Pakistani students in Wuhan.

Special Assistant to PM on Health briefed the prime minister regarding the current situation of coronavirus and the special measures being taken in the country to protect people from the virus.

Pakistani student misses father’s funeral

On the other hand, Pakistan’s PhD student Hassan locked-down in the Chinese city of Wuhan, spoke to his father for the last time on Thursday.

Hassan’s 80-year-old father begged him to come home.

The next day after the phone call, his father died of a heart ailment.

Hassan is one of more than 1,000 Pakistani students in China’s Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus.

“They need me at this time, my mother needs me,” Hassan, a PhD computer architecture student, said.

He asked to be identified only by one name to protect his family’s privacy.

Other Pakistani students in Hubei share Hassan’s concerns and some are critical of their government’s response to the crisis.

Other countries, including neighbouring India and Bangladesh, evacuated citizens from Hubei province.

The Pakistani students and their families, including young children, stuck indoors most of the day.

Four students said depression and anxiety grows daily.

Their feelings worsened by fears of catching the virus and uncertainty as to how long the conditions would last.

“My very dear students in China…we r intensely discussing the situation @ highest level & will make the best decision in view of all factors with ref to devastating #coronavirus potential global pandemic,” State Health Minister Zafar Mirza said on Twitter.

Hassan has contacted his university, who supported him leaving, and Pakistan’s embassy in Beijing.

He said he told by Chinese authorities in Hubei that he could evacuated if Pakistan’s embassy in Beijing contacted them, but that had not occurred.

A Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

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