State is not neglectful towards students, govt tells IHC
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on Friday told the parents of the Pakistani students stuck in China’s city of Wuhan that the state was not neglectful in the case and Prime Minister Imran Khan was overseeing the issue himself.
The remarks were passed by the Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah while hearing a petition filed by the parents who have pleaded the court to direct government to evacuate their loved ones from the virus epicenter.
“I can understand your pain and anguish but this is a larger issue,” Justice Athar Minallah told the worried parents.
During the hearing the parents told the judge that their patience was being tested and complained that no was listening to them.
“The government spoke to us on the orders of the court or else they wouldn’t have done so,” they argued.
The parents urged the court to direct the government to evacuate their kids and keep them in quarantine like the pilgrims from Iran are being kept in for 15 days.
However, to this the CJ replied that the petition filed by the parents was not maintainable and was only being heard to satisfy them.
During the hearing director general of the ministry of foreign affairs assured the court that a decision regarding the students will be taken in the upcoming federal cabinet meeting.
To this, the parents asked the court to direct the government to take a final decision on the students.
“The court cannot issue any orders that cannot be implemented,” responded Justice Minallah and asked the parents to trust the state.
After passing the remark CJ Minallah adjourned the hearing till March 13.