Pakistan Foreign Office established the Hotline
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said on Saturday that it has established a hotline to facilitate contact with the stranded Pakistani students and community members in China’s coronavirus-hit Wuhan.
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.
Today, FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui announced on Twitter that it had established a hotline to facilitate the parents or guardians of the Pakistani students.
@ForeignOfficePk link has established hotline to facilitate parents/guardians of Pakistani students & community members effected by Coronavirus in Wuhan.
Syed Qalb-e-Abbas Dy Director (China-II) +92-51-9223643 (9am to 5pm) 0321-5810471 (WhatsApp)
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 had 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.