Asad Omar questioned the travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan by the UK
ISLAMABAD: (NewsBreaked) Federal Minister Asad Omar while questioning the travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan by the United Kingdom said that the British government selected the countries included in the red list on scientific basis or because of foreign policy?
Every country has a right to take decisions to safeguard the health of their citizens. However, the recent decision by UK govt to add some countries including Pakistan on the red list raises a legitimate question whether choice of countries is based on science or foreign policy pic.twitter.com/BAzaW1Lc8l
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 3, 2021
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar has tweeted a copy of a letter from British MP Naz Shah on social networking site Twitter, in which Naz Shah called for Pakistan to be included in the red list despite the better situation than India and the United States. The matter has been raised.
Asad Omar wrote that every country has the right to decide on the health of its citizens, but the British government’s justification of the Corona situation to include a few other countries, including Pakistan, in the red list is permissible. Questions have been raised.
The Federal Minister further wrote in his tweet that the selection of Pakistan and a few other countries for inclusion in the British government’s red list was on scientific basis or it was due to foreign policy.
On the other hand, Naz Shah, a British MP, opposed the inclusion of Pakistan in the red list regarding Corona in the UK. He has also written a letter to the British Foreign Secretary in this regard.
Opposing the inclusion of Pakistan in the red list, British MP Naz Shah in a letter to the British Foreign Secretary said that the decision to include Pakistan in the red list is a political one. More, but not included in the red list.
It may be recalled that in view of the increasing cases of Corona virus, the United Kingdom has included Pakistan in the red list. Only British citizens and residency visa holders in Pakistan will be able to return to the UK, Pakistanis will not have a visit visa issue.
The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Christian Turner, said that after the move, only British citizens and residency visa holders would be able to travel to the UK. Ten days will have to be spent and hotel expenses will also be borne by the citizens. The British High Commissioner said direct flights between the two countries would continue but their schedules could be changed.
The red list will affect more than 40,000 Pakistanis and Kashmiris with dual citizenship in Pakistan. 35 countries were already on the red list and now the Philippines, Bangladesh and Kenya are on the red list along with Pakistan The ban will take effect on April 9.