Overseas Pakistanis: CM Usman Buzdar’s team demands fair treatment by UK

LONDON/LAHORE: After rules regarding Pakistanis travelling to the UK changed again, Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar’s team has demanded the UK government to be fair towards Pakistanis who suffer the brunt of the constantly changing UK quarantine laws.

The UK’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner confirmed that from October 11, passengers from Pakistan would only need a 2 day test if they’ve been vaccinated with a UK approved vaccine.

 Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen (J&J) are being recognised by the UK government while many Pakistanis have been vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines which are not recoginised.

Commenting on the development, Chaudhry Aftab Ahmed who serves as the Focal Person to CM Punjab on Overseas Pakistanis said: “I got 2 PCR tests from Pakistan, then I came here and got two tests here, which cost more than £250. After that I got test to release, for £50 per person, even though I was fully vaccinated in Pakistan wiith Pfizer’s vaccine which is accepted in the UK and US.”

Speaking exclusively with The Pakistan Daily, Aftab demanded the UK government to become more fair with their treatment of Pakistanis. Earlier, Pakistan was kept in the red list despite the fact that it had much lower COVID-19 cases than the UK or even India which was spared the red listing.

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