ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday said no country had evacuated its citizen from Wuhan city of China, the epicenter of coronavirus.
“As per the latest information, no country has made evacuation (from Wuhan city), though some countries have discussed it with the Chinese authorities,” Aisha Farooqui said while addressing a weekly press briefing.
She said the government was continuously and actively watching the evolving situation in the neighbouring country. “Issues are being reviewed. All the stakeholders are members of a technical committee. We are in contact with the Pakistani students in China and facilitating them in every manner,” she maintained.
To a query, the FO spokesperson said Khunjrab border abutting China would be opened in April as per its schedule.
“We are aware that some Pakistani nationals are stranded in Urumqi after flight delay. We contacted the Chinese authorities and requested for their accommodation and welfare until the next flight that could bring them in Pakistan,” she said.
Aisha Farooqui also said Pakistan had consistently supported the two-state solution for Palestine-Israel conflict, which was enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.
“We support the just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue through dialogue and negotiations that leads to the realization of the legitimate right of Palestinians including the right to self-determination,” she said.
She said Pakistan accepted the pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Shareef as Palestine’s capital.
The government on Thursday constituted a technical core committee to regularly monitor the situation and make immediate plans to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
According to an official of the Health Ministry, National Institute of Health has also activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the international dynamics of disease. It has also been directed for a close coordination among Central Health Establishment, World Health Organization and provincial health departments for national prevention and control.
The official said directives have also been issued to NIH’s virology lab to develop a real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction capacity for coronavirus as early as possible.