Must move towards ‘Smart Lockdown’: Khan

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No stone will be left unturned to safeguard national security: PM Imran

From Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Addressing the nation during the live telethon, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the war against Coronavirus pandemic can only be won through national unity and coordinated efforts of all stakeholders concerned.

He was speaking at the largest Ehsaas Telethon being simultaneously telecast by public and private TV Channels for raising funds to fight COVID-19.

PM IMran said the PTI government announced massive historic relief package for poor families with an objective to reduce miseries of the masses amid a lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Terming the Ehsaas Cash Emergency Programme as transparent and merit-based, he said cash assistance worth 12,000 rupees is being distributed among 5.437 million beneficiaries across the country.

He said the government allocated 144 billion rupees for poor segments of society under Ehsaas Cash Emergency Programme.

Imran Khan said entire world is struggling against Coronavirus which has emerged as the major global issue. He said the lockdown adversely affected the world economy, resulting in growing poverty across the globe, especially in developing countries like Pakistan.

He said the government is mulling the option of imposing smart lockdown in the country to wisely provide relief to labour class, daily wagers & lower-middle strata of society.

Imran Khan said lockdown in India and Singapore badly affected the poor people, and now countries like the United States, are also thinking to impose ‘smart lockdown’ despite deaths of over 40,000 citizens.

He said the government prepared a comprehensive roadmap for holy month of Ramazan by taking all religious scholars and Ulema on board. He, however, warned that the government will come into action, if any one resorts to violate the 20-point standard operating procedures to prevent spread of the virus during Ramazan.

The prime minister warned that the next three to four weeks can be critical for Pakistan in terms of coronavirus infections and deaths.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday visited Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Islamabad.

The prime minister was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed received the Imran Khan upon his arrival.

During the visit, he was given briefing on internal and external challenges faced by the country.

PM Imran Khan was briefed on situation pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister said that no stone will be left unturned to safeguard national security and sovereignty.

He also appreciated the services and sacrifices of the ISI for the country.

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