Students stranded in Pakistan for 18 months await government assistance and Chinese visa – By Yasir Iqbal Khan

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time. At the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, all countries had stopped student visas, but since the vaccination process began, the United Kingdom, the United States and other western countries have eased visa policy for students – not only getting students visas but also educational activities. They are also enjoying tourism in foreign countries. All the Pakistani students studying in Europe and the United States have got visas. All of them have gone to or are going to their universities, but thousands of students of China are still stuck in Pakistan. Those students who have not been getting Chinese visa for 18 months and are waiting for visa are demanding that like western countries we should be issued Chinese visa to continue our education and Pakistani government should take our responsibility and with China talk about easing the travel restrictions imposed on us by the coronavirus epidemic.

When the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Wuhan in December 2019, the first response from Chinese authorities was to seal off the city. As the virus spread, travel restrictions were imposed everywhere to prevent the virus from spreading to China. Among the foreign nationals returning home from China were more than half a million international students from 196 countries, including a large number of Pakistani students who came to Pakistan and then remained stranded in Pakistan. These students say that now that China has taken control of the corona epidemic and China has completed the vaccination of more than 40% of the population, then like the western countries, China should also relax the visa policy for Pakistani students. 18 months of our education are gone, we are in a state of extreme anxiety.

Pakistani students studying in China are often seen tagging Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in their tweets on their campaign and hashtag #TakeUsBackToChina to get the Pakistani government to talk to the Chinese government. The students also wrote open letters to the UN, Chinese President Xi Jinping to help and garner attention with the social media campaign, which went viral on social media. Some of the students stranded in Pakistan are those who came to Pakistan after the coronavirus epidemic broke out in China and some are admitted to various Chinese universities in 2020 and 2021.


Pakistani students are registered in China for undergraduate, master’s and PhD degrees. These students also say that they face many problems in online classes, some from backward areas where there is no internet service. Those who are studying for a medical doctorate can take online classes. It is not possible for them to do clinical work in online classes and master and PhD students cannot do research in online classes without a lab. Some of the students who have been admitted in 2020 and 2021 have even been told by the universities to wait longer instead of online classes and not to continue their studies until the travel restrictions are eased. Some said that Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had raised the issue of Pakistani students in a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong on June 3, 2021 and the Chinese ambassador had assured that the issue would be resolved soon. There is not much detail in Pakistani media. In a private TV program, host Adil Shahzeb had raised the issue of Pakistani students with Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, to which Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that he would raise the issue of Pakistani students with the Chinese ambassador and I think in China things have gotten much better, the problem of Pakistani students will be solved soon.

Twitter: @RealYasir__Khan

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