Pakistan President Arif Alvi has quoted the Prophet as the reason behind Pakistan not bringing back stranded and isolated Pakistani students in China.
Bengaluru: Statements by Muslims attributing them to Prophet Mohammad do make a lot of sense. But sometimes, when they go cross the line of practicality, they venture into inanity.
Take for example, what Pakistan President Arif Alvi has said. While his student citizens in China lament and whine as his government refuses to bring them back in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus, the President has quoted the Prophet in escaping the endeavour to bring them back.
In his tweet, he said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it, but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”
Prophet's ﷺ directions regarding disease outbreaks are a good guide even 2day “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it, but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place” (Bukhari & Muslim) Let us help those stuck there.— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) January 31, 2020
No wonder such statements go viral, inviting scathing criticism from the Twitterati.
You Dr. @ArifAlvi r a disgraceful person. Putting Pakistanis at risk of death to please China, but acting as if yr motives for abandoning your countrymen are holy and an act of piety guided by Prophet Muhammad. Unbelievable. And YOU are the President of Pakistan? La Haul Wala.. https://t.co/WaBwQMfZgM— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) February 2, 2020
There are as many as 800 Pakistani students studying in China.
And as Indian government sent two flights to bring back stranded Indians in China, Pakistani students were left behind is isolation. They even cursed their fate and the Pakistani government for leaving them in the lurch.
While this behaviour of the Indian government is worth praising, that of its cantankerous neighbour Pakistan is reprehensible.
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A few days ago, Dr Zafar Mirza, special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, said that Pakistan has decided not to evacuate its nationals from China in accordance with the recommendations of the
World Health Organisation (WHO).
He reportedly added, "We believe that right now, it is in the interest of our loved ones in China (to stay there). It is in the largest interest of the region, world, country that we don't evacuate them now."
It is also very, very pertinent to note that many Indians have been advocating that these stranded and helpless Pakistani students too be brought back.
But the Indian government is yet to take a call on the issue.
Last Updated Feb 3, 2020, 1:17 PM IST