United Kingdom’s determination to take India out of the ‘red’ list of Covid-19 travel restrictions and put it in under extra relaxed ‘amber’ one has caused heartburn in neighbouring Pakistan. The nation is still under the red list, prompting federal minister Fawad Chaudhry to launch a petition online.
The petition calls for removing Pakistan from the red list arguing 1000 of people are in the country. It stated that many households are struggling financially and don’t have sufficient resources.
The petition contains a response given by the UK government in May this year, in which it said that Pakistan has been added to the “Red List” to shield public health.
The petition, since its launch on Thursday, has acquired more than 1,24,000 signatures. The is a significant milestone because the UK Parliament considers all those petitions that obtain greater than 100,000 signatures for a debate in the House.
Shireen Mazari Pakistan minister said , “How can UK govt rationally place India on Amber list while keeping Pakistan on Red List? No scientific reason for this determination. Only politics coming into play again UK cabinet showing clear political proclivity towards India. Unfortunate indeed.”
Announcing , the UK’s Department for Transport stated earlier this week that India has been moved to ‘amber’ list from ‘red’. It said that totally vaccinated passengers from India will no longer be subjected to compulsory 10-day hotel quarantine.
The determination was taken to protect against new variants of Covid-19, the UK’s response further stated . The petition by federal minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry calls for Pakistan to be dropped from the stringent journey curbs.