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COVID-19 SOPs Enforcement: Sindh writes letter to Interior Ministry for Army deployment

ISLAMABAD: According to sources privy to NPTV Sindh has also written a letter to Interior Ministry in order to avail the services of Pakistan Army to enforce COVID-19 related SOPs.  

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has taken to the Twitter to announce via a video message on 25th of April that Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Islamabad would avail the services of the Pakistan Army for implementation of Covid-19 SOPs as per their need. Justifying the decision to call in the Army, Interior Minister pointed towards India where 350,000 citoyens are testing positive daily. National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) had decided to allow the Army, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Rangers to assist law enforcement agencies in enforcing SOPs if requested by the provincial governments.

Sheikh Rashid in his message informed that it was decided during a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) to seek the army’s services to enforce the SOPs in order to contain the spread of mysterious respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus. 

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It may be recalled that on Friday 23rd of April Prime Minister Imran Khan had  appealed the nation (after a meeting of the NCC) to follow the SOPs “so that we don’t have to take steps that India is taking which means imposing lockdowns. Half the problem is solved when you wear face masks”. While warning that if Pakistanis failed to follow the SOPs the populace might soon be facing the same situation as Indians where lockdowns had been imposed, those who tested positive are dying on footpaths due to non availability of beds and oxygen in medical facilities, bodies are being brought to the crematories and  graveyards sans respite. He told that he had asked the Pakistan Army to assist LEAs in enforcing Covid-19 SOPs to stop situation getting worse.

It is pertinent to mention here that since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, a record 157 deaths were recorded last Friday (23rd of April, 2021) in Pakistan.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.