Poverty, hunger far greater threat to population than lockdown: PM Khan

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Must pass on benefits of oil price reduction to the public: PM Imran

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said that the lockdown is not a cure for novel Coronavirus pandemic but a temporary measure.

The prime minister presided over a high level meeting in which supply of medical equipment to hospitals and other issues were discussed.

Speaking on the occasion, Imran Khan said that the threat to our population is far greater from hunger and poverty than the threat from lockdown.

The premier said lockdown is an interim step and it is not a panacea for coronavirus, adding that we have to make our decisions based on ground reality and situation of the people.

He emphasized on implementation of SOPs regarding control and preventive measures against coronavirus to protect lives of people.

The Prime Minister reiterated that policy of the government regarding lockdown is very clear. He said all those sectors will be facilitated without putting the lives of people into danger that are associated with people from poor and white collar class.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the purpose of reducing petroleum prices was to provide relief to the people, and it must be ensured that this benefit is passed on to the public.

According to details, a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on anti-smuggling and prices of essential commodities was held today.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister of National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam, Finance Advisor Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Trade Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Secretary Interior, Secretary Finance, Secretary Food Security and Chairperson Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

The provincial Chief Secretaries gave a detailed briefing on measures taken to curb smuggling while also briefing on the present status of wheat production and harvesting in their respective provinces.

The meeting also reviewed the prices of essential commodities and the provincial Chief Secretaries gave a detailed briefing on the steps being taken to bring down their prices.

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