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President seeks Ulema’s role in implementing COVID-19 SOPs during Ramazan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the Ulema and Mashaikh to play their leading role in implementing COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the Holy Month of Ramazan in Mosques and Imam Bargahs.

While chairing a virtual meeting on the observance of COVID-19 SOPs during the upcoming Holy Month of Ramzan at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Monday, the president advised the Ulema to get themselves vaccinated and act as role models in following all SOPs to contain the spread of the virus amidst the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan also joined the virtual meeting.

The Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, the Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, the Governor Balochistan Justice (retd) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, the Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, the Chief Secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and Ulema and Mashaikh from various Schools of Thought attended the meeting.

In his remarks at the meeting, the president underlined the need to educate the people about the severity of the new variant of Coronavirus.

President Arif Alvi added that Ulema, Media, and political leadership should disseminate awareness messages urging people to follow all SOPs.

The president said that the 20 point-declaration of SOPs, prepared last year in consensus with Ulema, should be implemented at all mosques and Imam Bargahs during Ramazan.

Dr. Arif Alvi urged the people to offer Istaghfar prayers during the first Jumma-Tul-Mubarak of Ramazan to seek Allah’s blessings to get rid of the pandemic.

The president appreciated the Ulema for extending their cooperation during the previous two waves and hoped that they would continue to use all available fora including the pulpit and the mosques to raise awareness among people about the pandemic.

President Arif Alvi also urged the people to pay Zakat and Fitrana which would greatly help in alleviating people’s financial hardships during the pandemic.

The president thanked the Ulema and participants of the meeting for praying for his speedy recovery.

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