BEIJING: Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi Monday said that arrangements were being finalized to airlift the first batch of Pakistani students from Wuhan, China through a special flight on May 18.
“There coordination is in progress to airlift all these Pakistanis students from, Wuhan and Hubei province to Pakistan through special flights starting from May 18,” she said in a statement.
Ambassador Hashmi informed that Wuhan was epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Around 1,300 Pakistani students were studying in different universities in Hubei, including 800 students in Wuhan when the Chinese government decided to impose a lockdown in the city as well as the province.
Pakistan government took a difficult decision of not repatriating its students from Wuhan and Hubei province during the lockdown. Later, this decision proved to be prudent and useful as there was no case of virus transmission from China to Pakistan, she added.
Pakistan had decided to support its iron brother and all-weather strategic cooperative partner during thisi critical time. “We had a complete confidence in the capability of Chinese government and people that they could win the battle against Covid-19 with their utmost commitment and devotion,” she added. Ambassador Hashmi pointed out that there were also ample facilities to prevent and control the disease in China so Pakistan government had a complete faith that Pakistani students would be safe in China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had also announced that Pakistani students would be treated as their own children in China and the Chinese authorities would take their complete care.