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Enraged parents of students stranded in Wuhan stage protest

Enraged parents of students stranded in Wuhan stage protest
February 19, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The parents of students stranded in China’s Wuhan province on Wednesday enraged during the briefing of Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza. According to the reports, the enraged parents staged protest during the ceremony held at OPF Girls College. They refused to take the briefing from Zafar Mirza and Zulfi Bukhari. The parent of stranded students in China raised slogans against the government representatives. “When you cannot return safely our children then why are you wasting our time,” the parents stated. They also demanded safe return of their children from China. It was also reported that the parents gave three-day ultimatum to the government to evacuate the students and warned of holding sit-in if the authorities fail to fulfill their demands. On Friday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the concerned authorities to arrange contact between families and Pakistani students stranded in Wuhan During the hearing on a petition seeking return of Pakistanis from the neighboring country, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah ordered the Foreign Ministry to appoint a focal person for contact with the parents of the trapped children. 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. He also directed the concerned authorities to help Pakistani students stranded in China due to outbreak of deadly coronavirus. “The parents of stranded students informed the court that Pakistan does not want to repatriate its children and I heard in news the children will be burned,” the court remarked. The Foreign Ministry director general assured that they will conduct a meeting with the parents of victim’s child at 1am regularly, adding that Zulfi Bukhari will also meet on Tuesday with the parents. “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.