Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020
Published in Category: Quetta

Coronavirus: Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab govts seek Army’s assistance

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QUETTA/KARACHI/LAHORE: Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab governments on Sunday have sought assistance of Pakistan Army against deadly coronavirus.

According to details, Balochistan government has written a letter for giving civil authority to the army under Article 245 in order to curb the spread of the virus.

On the other hand, the Sindh government has requested the federation to send army soldiers for the help of civil administration under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in imposing lockdown.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar has also decided to contact Pakistan Army for assistance and vowed to use all the resources for saving the lives of people from coronavirus.

Meanwhile Usman Buzdar on Sunday visited various areas of the provincial capital and reviewed closure of markets, shopping malls and restaurants.

The Punjab chief minister visited Johar Town, Jinnah Hospital, Garden Town, Gulberg and Jail Road and directed to ensure implementation of government orders.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the decision to shut down markets and shopping malls is for the safety of masses, adding that the people should come out of their houses when only necessary.

Buzdar said that no one would be allowed to violate government’s orders.

“I am overseeing the ongoing campaign to prevent the coronavirus,” he said and added the decision to shut down restaurants, markets and shopping malls was taken for safety of general public.

It is to be mentioned here that the coronavirus cases in Pakistan have surged to 645 as 292 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Sindh, 104 in Balochistan, 152 in Punjab, 31 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 55 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 10 in Islamabad and one Azad Kashmir.