India can consider evacuating Pakistani students from the coronavirus-hit Hubei province

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New Delhi:In what may come as a relief to Pakistani students stuck in China’s Wuhan city, India has announced its willingness to reach out and evacuate them provided the Pakistani government requests so.Ravish Kumar, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said on February 6 that India will consider evacuating Pakistani students if the Imran Khan government requests for the same.India can consider evacuating Pakistani students from the coronavirus-hit Hubei province of China “if such a situation arises” and resources are available, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, while making it clear that Pakistan had made no request for it till now.

Hundreds of stranded Pakistani students in the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city have made desperate pleas to the Imran Khan government to evacuate them from China’s worst-affected Hubei province, urging his administration to take a leaf out of India’s book.Asked about the pleas by the Pakistani students and whether India could help in their evacuation, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “No such request has been received by us from the government of Pakistan. But if such a situation arises and keeping in mind the resources available, we can look into it.Asked about the pleas by the Pakistani students and whether India could help in their evacuation, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “No such request has been received by us from the government of Pakistan. But if such a situation arises and keeping in mind the resources available, we can look into it.” However, he did not clarify what would be the specific pre-conditions for considering the request.

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