China ‘dupes’ Pakistan by donating masks made out of underwear


Pakistan felt duped by its all-weather ally when it received a consignment of masks made out of underwears to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Pakistan’s trust in its ‘all-weather ally’ has taken a beating with China allegedly duping it by sending masks made out of under-wears at a time when the country is engaged in a grim battle against Covid-19.    

Reporting the news, a local Pakistani news channel said, "China ne chuna laga diya" (China conned us) and further notified that the Sindh provincial government sent the masks to hospitals without checking, according to news agency ANI.

The consignment came in response to Pakistan’s request for testing kits and top quality N95 masks. In response to the request, Xinjiang Governor sent the consignment, which included 200,000 ordinary face masks, 2,000 N-95 face masks, five ventilators, 2,000 testing kits and 2,000 medical protective clothes mainly used by doctors and paramedics to fight with the virus.

"In the name of to-quality N95 masks, China has sent in masks made out of underwear. Without proper checking, the masks were sent to Qatar hospital in Karachi. Over there, the doctors and para-medical staff called it buffooning by China," Lahore-based News Break TV reported.

China has been promising to help other countries, especially those whose economies have been severely affected by the ongoing crisis after the rise in the tally of active cases related to COVID-19 infection subsided in the Chinese mainland.

Local media reports said that this was not the first case where reports have emerged of China sending low quality medical aid to various countries. The Nepal government has scrapped a major deal for coronavirus testing kits and protective gears signed with a private Chinese company after finding them be of sub-standard quality, according to a senior official, the media reported.

In another incident, Spain, last week, had sent back to China millions of purchased kits. Up to 80 per cent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, National Review reported citing local Czech news site

The test can produce a result in 10- 15 minutes but are really less accurate than other tests, the media reported. The China-originated deadly bug has infected around 12 lakhs people globally while the total tally of death has surpassed 65,000, according to the data compiled by US-based John Hopkins University (with inputs from ANI)

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