Opposition’s rallies will make no difference for govt rather it is tantamount to playing with lives, says Imran Khan.
ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged opposition parties to postpone their public gatherings for the sake of people’s lives as Covid-19 patients have already occupied 40 per cent of country’s hospitals.
“In Multan, 64 per cent of hospitals’ beds are full, 40 per cent in Peshawar, 50 per cent in Islamabad. At an average, 40 per cent of the country’s hospitals are under-occupancy,” the premier said in a briefing after chairing the meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Covid-19 in Islamabad on Thursday.
PM Imran made it clear that the opposition’s public gatherings would make no difference for the government rather it is tantamount to playing with people’s lives.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties, had already announced to hold an anti-government rally at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on Sunday (Dec 13).
A day earlier, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is also the head of PDM, had announced that the alliance also decided that the joint opposition would stage its anti-government long march on Islamabad in the last week of January.
He viewed that the public gatherings would do nothing but to enhance the chances of spreading the pandemic when the pressure at the healthcare system including doctors and nurses is already on the rise.
The opposition parties, he said, could hold gatherings after two or three months for the sake of people’s lives for what the government has already closed down educational institutions, indoor wedding ceremonies and dining at restaurants.
The prime minister said amid the opposition’s public gatherings, it is difficult for the government to justify the enforcement of standard operation procedures (SOPs) like social distancing on other sectors like businesses and mosques.
He went on to say that the enforcement of SOPs during the second wave is already a challenge across the world as the people are resisting the governments’ decisions.
PM Imran said during the first wave, Pakistan had successfully navigated because the people took the precautions as a nation and showed discipline.
He said the England and California are again under lockdown and Pakistan could avert any worst scenario just by adhering to the precautions.
The prime minister said the indoor gatherings of the people during winter increased the chances of virus spread and any violation of the SOPs would put hospitals under immense pressure to make the country face a difficult time.
He said Pakistanis, as a nation, would have to take precautions with use of face mask above all.
He told the people that India has faced around 150,000 deaths and around 400 people are dying a day in Iran.
“[Therefore] we will have to assist ourselves if we need Allah’s assistance,” he remarked.