India Shows Magnanimity While Pakistan Government Chooses to Abandon Them in Wuhan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has always exhibited a humanitarian side to its pragmatic foreign policy. While emerging as a global player, India continues to help countries in times of emergency and concern, be it Nepal, Sri Lanka or the recent case of Madagascar. The humanitarian effort does not stop there though – India has not offered to evacuate Pakistani students stuck in Wuhan, China, due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told the media that India will consider evacuating Pakistani students if Pakistan PM Imran Khan-led government's requests for the same. "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," he said.


It comes at a time when Pakistan’s government had refused to airlift students from Wuhan, the epicentre of deadly coronavirus. Over 560 deaths have been attributed to coronavirus, while it is estimated that 28,000 people in mainland China have been infected by it.

Earlier, videos had emerged on the social media of Pakistani students in Wuhan, lamenting how their own government had abandoned them, and asked them to learn from India. As of January 3, four Pakistani students had also been diagnosed for coronavirus in Wuhan.

The Pakistani government had earlier come under severe criticism for asking their citizens to stay behind in China. In a tweet dated 31 January, the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, had tweeted about how Pakistanis should do not leave that place, and should rather work to help those stuck there.

The Modi government has always put humanity as a prime factor of its foreign policy even when it comes to Pakistan. Late Sushma Swaraj as External Affairs Minister had issued visas to four Pakistani nationals who needed specialized medical treatment which was not available within Pakistan in 2017. Cricketer turned BJP MP Gautam Gambhir had also helped a Pakistani national by appealing to the Ministry of External Affairs to issue a visa for her treatment.


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