ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday has directed the concerned authorities to help Pakistani students stranded in China due to outbreak of deadly coronavirus.

Chief Justice IHC heard the petition seeking returning back of Pakistanis students in the coronavirus hit-China.

The parents of students studying in China said “other countries are evacuating their students while as many as 24 countries have evacuated their students so far.” adding that no minister or adviser from Pakistan visited the China to know the situation of Pakistanis student.

“Children can’t leave their rooms we don’t know where our children have been kept.” they added.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that some students have contacted the court through email and told that the government is not assisting them in this critical situation.

The Foreign Ministry officials, at the occasion apprised the court that 620 Pakistani students are present one location while another 1094 are living in Wuhan while we are taking measures daily after meeting Chinese ambassador adding that score of the coronovirus patients have jumped to 60000 which is creating a fear while 24000 Pakistanis have reached the country from China but they didn’t come from Wuhan.

One woman stuck in China also has a child. The government should approach all the Pakistanis residing there and help them, he ordered.

The chief justice has also directed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Syed Zulfikar Bukhari to arrange a meeting between families and students and satisfy the parents.

The court has further strictly instructed the federal government to prepare proper mechanism in this regard.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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