UK envoy feels for Brits in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 06:51 PM, 23 Mar, 2020
UK envoy feels for Brits in Pakistan

British High Commissioner in Islamabad Christian Turner has released a statement on support to British Nationals in Pakistan.

The top UK diplomat in Pakistan took to the Twitter to show solidarity with the Brits in Pakistan that intensified anti-coronavirus campaign after a surge in coronavirus cases in a few days.

“This is an unprecedented and uncertain time across the world. The sudden announcement of travel and other restrictions in response to Coronavirus has happened at a pace no one predicted, Turner said in his tweet on Monday.

The statement reads: “The British High Commission team is focused on providing support to British Nationals in Pakistan; and on providing support to the Government of Pakistan in its response to the pandemic.

“The UK is now advising British nationals against non-essential travel globally.  “Pakistan has announced the suspension of all international flights to the country until 4 April, although we understand that some airlines may attempt to provide a very limited service out of Pakistan in the next few days.”

The envoy continued: “I know that the limitation of movement between the UK and Pakistan will cause stress and anxiety for the many people who move regularly between our two countries.

“The best way to make alternative arrangements for your travel home is by contacting your travel agent or insurance company. Those in need of urgent consular assistance can also contact the British High Commission on +92 (0)51 201 2000, and follow options for consular assistance.

“We are working hard to provide you with the information you are seeking, and our priority is to support the most vulnerable.

“Please continue to check Foreign Office Travel Advice https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for more advice, and follow @UKinPakistan for regular updates.

“You can read full UK Government guidance on the Coronavirus pandemic here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

“Most importantly, please do follow local health guidance and other regulations to ensure that you are doing all that you can to keep yourself, your family and others healthy.”