APP36-011220ISLAMABAD: December 01 - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz and SAPM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan jointly addressing a press conference at PID Media Centre. APP photo by Irshad Sheikh

Federal government warns PDM leaders

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ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Senator Shibli Faraz has remarked that the government would lodge first information reports (FIRs) against the organizers of public meetings and leaders of political parties for violating the coronavirus related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines. He stated this after the cabinet meeting.

In an official statement, the Senator said “When something illegal is done, the case should be filed. The opposition is acting illegally by holding public meetings so that is why they should be held accountable.” the minister.

The Senator Shibli Faraz gave these statements during a press conference alongside Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan.

Faraz stresses that the cases should be filed against the people, who were violating the law. He added that the public gatherings amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic not only posed grave threat to the lives of people, but also were a sheer violation of the court orders that imposed ban on such activities.

In addition to this, Senator Shibli Faraz remarked that, it also violated the government’s instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) formulated in light of the National Command and Operation Center’s (NCOC) recommendations.

The Senator also provided latest figures of coronavirus. He stated that 67 people died because of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Faraz commented that the opposition parties with their political gatherings were damaging the economy and the United States with a population of 320 million could not even control the coronavirus but Pakistan did well by successfully tackling the virus, keeping the economy moving and protecting the livelihoods of people.

He also maintained that despite the over-burdened healthcare system in the country, the government had tackled the first wave of virus in a very effective manner by improving the public sector hospitals’ infrastructure and successfully implementing the SOPs.

Moreover, during the press briefing the minister appealed to the people to stay away from the opposition’s gatherings and follow the guidelines of NCOC, which were based on the experts’ recommendations and scientific studies.

He commented that the government would not stop the public from participating in the upcoming political gathering of PDM in Lahore.

On the other hand, action would be taken against those who instigated the people to violate the health guidelines, he clarified.

He remarked that the opposition’s activities were not favourable to the businesses and national progress at the time when economy was on an upward trajectory, industry being revived and the people were getting job opportunities.

The Senator further commented that “the economy could not be paralysed due to the opposition parties ‘blackmailing’ tactics”.        He stressed that, it was very unfortunate to note that the PDM leadership held a public meeting in Multan despite the reservations expressed by the government and state institutions.

There was no need to discuss its success or failure.

The minister remarked he would again like to extend his gratitude to the people of Multan for staying away from the PDM public gathering.

He further added that, the show was a ‘complete failure’ as out of 2.5 million populations, only 10 to 15 thousands, that too included 3,000 workers from Sindh, attended the gathering. It reinforced the fact that Multan’s dwellers had rejected the opposition totally.

While commenting on the Multan Jalsa of PDM, he said that the hooliganism at Multan rally was in fact demonstration of the PDM leaders’ desire for getting wide coverage in the media.

He remarked that, their venomous speeches, especially of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, were just to protect the national wealth looted by them, along with their vested interests and there was nothing for the common people.

Senator Shibli Faraz commented that the coronavirus related SOP’s had nothing to do with democracy.

Almost the entire world had been struggling with the pandemic and even many countries had imposed curfew or complete lockdown.

PDM leaders claimed themselves to be public representatives but they negated the very essence of democracy by endangering the people’s lives through public gatherings, he said.

The Senator also recalled that Maryam Nawaz said that she did not have any property in London or even in Pakistan.

He added that the host of a recent BBC programme said Nawaz Sharif was a criminal. They could never speak truth and their narrative was totally based on lies, the minister stressed.

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