It may come as a relief to Pakistani students, who are stranded in coronavirus-hit Hubei province of China as India has announced its willingness to evacuate them, provided if Pakistan requests them. According to a PTI report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India will consider evacuating Pakistani students if Pakistan PM Imran Khan-led government's requests for the same. "No such request has been received by us from the government of Pakistan. But if such a situation arises and keeping in mind the resources available, we can look into it." PTI quoted Raveesh Kumar as saying.
The statement comes after Pakistan refused to airlift students from Wuhan, the epicentre of deadly coronavirus, which has claimed more than 560 lives, infected some 28,000 people in mainland China and spread to more than 20 countries.
Hundreds of Pakistani students, who are stuck in China have made desperate pleas to the Imran Khan government to evacuate them. Pakistan has more than 28,000 students in China, including 500 in the worst-hit city of Wuhan.
India airlifted 654 people, including seven Maldivians, on Saturday and Sunday from Wuhan. Watching the Indian students leave, the Pakistani students posted videos on social media asking their government to do the same.
As worldwide efforts to contain the coronavirus accelerate, several countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Indonesia, UK, US, Saudi Arabia, among others have put travel restrictions on China.
-With agency inputs