The Foreign Office has set up a hotline to make contact with Pakistani students and members of the community trapped in the coronaviral hit Wuhan in China easier.
The development came a day after the Islamabad High Court heard a petition filed by the parents of the Pakistani students stuck in China. The High court, while stating that it would not interfere with the state policy, had asked the government to provide concrete assurance to the families of those affected.
@ForeignOfficePk has established hotline to facilitate parents/guardians of Pakistani students & community members effected by Coronavirus in Wuhan.— Spokesperson ?? MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) February 15, 2020
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Earlier, Pakistani students in China had said that they were terrified and were “being kept in one room.”. It was learnt that a few of the students had been tested for coronavirus amid a hysteria that has spread throughout the world.
During the hearing on Friday, IHC’s Justice Minallah informed the government officials that Pakistani students themselves had reached out to the court for help.
“Students present in China are experiencing severe mental stress,” the judge told the officials present.
The government representative informed the court that Pakistan has formed a joint working group with the Chinese government to resolve the students’ issues. He added that the government is trying to resolve all grievances to the best of its abilities.