Coronavirus: Are we abandoning Pakistanis?

Coronavirus has rang alarm bells all over the world. The virus started from Chinese city of Wuhan and spread to almost 23 countries. The virus relates to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which took hundreds of lives in the beginning of ongoing century. In world, the number of Coronavirus cases has overtaken that of the SARS epidemic. More than 300 people have been died and over 17,000 have been affected from this mysterious virus.

One can imagine the intensity of Coronavirus with the fact that World Health Organization (WHO) has imposed emergency. During the media talks, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said: “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries.”

Pakistan’s decision not to uplift its citizens from China can add into the miseries of Pakistanis who are not affected at the moment. Our government has relieved itself by handing its responsibilities over to China. Officials must watch videos online and decide if everything is all right.

World health experts even in the contemporary environment are researching to find out source of many a viruses, Coronavirus is not in exception.

Although till this time no case has been reported in Pakistan, ignoring it would not be a sane decision. Government’s decision to not let Pakistanis, affected from Coronavirus, enter into Pakistan might been a calculated, premeditated. China advocated this and felt it essential to contain the virus, but what is the guarantee that the virus won’t spread?

By this logic Pakistan should send all Chinese workers back to their home as early as possible. The virus undoubtedly requires coordinated efforts by international community. Lately some China’s rivals including some Americans termed the outbreak a good omen to contain China from taking global centre stage, highly condemnable behavior. To get shut of this virus, everyone at the helm has to play some role.

Thousands of people have been affected and many others are vulnerable to it. There are plethora of Chinese people working in Pakistan, they may also spread virus if not treated and examined, but guess what? We are still waiting apparatus to examine them. It is better to limit their activities until machines are arranged to conduct test.

Government of Pakistan seems quite reluctant in bringing students back. Getting them back is not the real-problem solver. The best option at the moment is to activate Pakistan’s embassy in China. Embassy officers are taking fat amount as salaries and perks but at this difficult time they do not seem bothered to take utmost care of stranded Pakistanis.

For government of Pakistan it is quite important to consider all possible and available options to secure Pakistanis. Video messages that Pakistanis living in China are uploading over the internet are in sharp contrast with government’s claims that everything is normal. Reality is Pakistanis need their government’s support nationally as well as in China. Currently, every country is worried about its citizens why should Pakistan not be – state known for abandoning its people everywhere.

Pakistan’s decision not to uplift its citizens from China can add into the miseries of Pakistanis who are not affected at the moment. Our government has relieved itself by handing its responsibilities over to China. Officials must watch videos online and decide if everything is all right or not.

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