LAHORE, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government has decided not to close factories and other sources of earning in order to save people’s lives from COVID-19 and hunger; however, he appealed to the nation to strictly adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Talking to media representatives in Lahore on Wednesday evening, the prime minister said that the pressure on hospitals as well as on Pakistan’s economy will mount if SOPs are not followed in letter and spirit.
Imran Khan said that with the blessing of Almighty Allah, the nation not only successfully overcame economic problems but also contained the spread of the Coronavirus during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prime minister said that it happened due to the complete support from the people, especially Ulema. He said that Pakistan was the only Muslim Country in the world which did not close its mosques as Ulema played a pivotal role in observing SOPs in mosques.
The prime minister urged the people to make it mandatory for themselves to wear face mask, which is the easiest way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
To a question, Imran Khan said that we have postponed our public rallies to avoid the spread of the contagion. He said that the government will not allow anyone including the opposition to endanger people’s lives by holding public rallies.
Imran Khan said that the opposition will not get any NRO by organizing mass gatherings and they should refrain from jeopardizing people’s lives.