New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan got viciously trolled on social media after he offered “support” to China, which is battling the worst crisis of coronavirus infection. In another tweet, he finally said the government has instructed the foreign office to do ” everything” for the students stuck in Wuhan. Also Read - Shocking Jump in Coronavirus cases: 242 Deaths, 14,840 New Cases; 'New Method of Diagnosis,' Says China
“Pakistan stands with the people & govt of China in their difficult & trying time and it will always stand by them. We will be extending every material & moral support to China just as China has always stood by us during all our times of trial and tribulation,” the PM tweeted facing questions of what he plans to do for Pakistani students, and Uighur Muslims persecuted in China.
Early this month, Pakistan had said that it won’t airlift its students in the interest of “our loved ones”. The remark came as several Pakistani citizens posted videos on social media, pleading their government to evacuate them, while India was airlifting its students. India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar has told Parliament that Pakistani students were also offered to be airlifted. Around 500 Pakistanis, mostly students, live in Wuhan, a city of 11 million that has been shut down after the outbreak.
Do Everything Possible
In the face of severe criticism for turning blind to the suffering of its own students in China, the Imran Khan government has finally issued an order to do everything possible for the students who are stuck in Wuhan.
It’s still not clear what the PM meant by everything as Pakistan is still not considering bringing its students back to Pakistan as one of the options.