The United Kingdom on Friday added 4 new nations, together with Pakistan, to its “red list” – a listing of nations from the place travellers are refused entry – to guard Britain towards coronavirus variants. With some exception, worldwide guests who’ve departed from or transited via the 4 nations within the earlier 10 days received’t be allowed to enter England from April 9.

The journey ban was introduced after the British authorities repeatedly warned towards travelling to Pakistan with out a legit motive. According to a BBC report, many people of British Pakistani nationality have been discovered making non-essential travels, like attending weddings. BBC’s North West Tonight aired a video of an unnamed girl from Manchester, reportedly posted on her social media account, who was seen attending a marriage in Lahore.

In the video, the lady stated that everybody was stressed by coronavirus illness (Covid-19) again house and that’s why she was on the wedding ceremony in Lahore. “Corona(virus) has made everyone in the UK mad…but everyone is enjoying themselves here (Pakistan). So I thought I’ll get away from all of that by coming here to enjoy myself too,” stated the lady, in response to the BBC translator.

According to the report, round 32,000 travellers flew from the UK to Pakistan in January 2021, out of which practically 15,000 British Pakistanis went from Manchester airport, virtually half the variety of travellers who flew to Pakistan in the identical month final 12 months earlier than the pandemic started. For India, the drop was bigger with an 82% lower within the variety of travellers as in comparison with January 2020.

A journey agent from Greater Manchester informed BBC that about half of the travellers booked via him weren’t travelling for legit causes. Pakistan has been witnessing a surge in coronavirus instances and the inflow of British Pakistani nationals additionally led to the invention of the UK variant, B.1.1.7, within the metropolis of Mirpur, prompting the British High Commissioner to Pakistan to problem a reminder.

“For those of you in the UK thinking of travelling to Pakistan under current UK Covid restrictions you must stay at home and it is illegal to travel abroad for leisure,” stated Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, in a video.

After the journey ban was introduced, Naz Shah, a member of Parliament for Bradford West, wrote to UK international secretary Dominic Raab, alleging that the federal government was consciously discriminating towards Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora group. Citing the coronavirus scenario in nations like India and Germany, Shah stated that the choice so as to add Pakistan to the “red list” was “led by politics and not data.”


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