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UK sparks major upset as it keeps Pakistan on red list

Despite weeks of lobbying by the Pakistan High Commission and British Pakistani MPs, the UK government decides to keep Pakistan on its red list after updating its travel advisory on Thursday. The decision has caused tremendous disappointment.

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The British government decided to keep Pakistan on the travel red list after updating its travel advisory, Thursday. UK’s decision to keep Pakistan on the red list disappointed officials and the population alike.

Pakistan remains on the list despite weeks of lobbying by the Pakistan High Commission and British Pakistani MPs. They urged the UK government to review Pakistan’s position. However, the UK government showed no change for Pakistan.

Read more: Pakistan added to England’s travel ‘red list’

Reports said that the British officials reviewed three major factors – genomic surveillance capability, transmission risk, and variants of concern – to take the decision.

To consider removing Pakistan from the red list, UK ministers need satisfaction that the risk of variants of concern being imported into the UK has been significantly reduced.

Earlier this month, the UK revised its travel advisory. It allowed passengers from India, Qatar, and other countries but it did not lift the ban on Pakistan. This sparked outrage as people, including officials, accused the UK of favoring foreign policy.

According to them, this is prejudice against Pakistan. The country has managed its Covid situation comparatively better than India, yet it is on the red list. Therefore, Pakistan made efforts to urge the UK government to review its decision.

Read more: India taken off UK’s red list but Pakistan stays?

Twitter response to UK’s recent decision

As the UK announced its decision yesterday to keep Pakistan on the red list, Twitteratis and officials voiced their anger and disappointment.

They accused the UK of playing politics and having double standards. According to netizens, if Pakistan is good enough to evacuate people from Afghanistan, then it should also be good enough for the UK to allow Pakistan landing rights.

Furthermore, netizens also wondered whether UK’s decision to continue keeping Pakistan on the red list due to the country’s weak negotiation skills.

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