PBC expresses support for doctors' call of complete lockdown

PBC vice-chairman urges the federal government to review its policy


Hasnaat Malik April 25, 2020
PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Abid Saqi has expressed his strong support for the demand of doctors and their premier elected body, the Pakistan Medical Association, for a complete lockdown throughout the country, said a statement by the PBC.

While expressing his deep anguish and concerns on the rapidly spreading of the novel coronavirus in the country, he added that enforcing the writ of the state for ensuring social distancing in all public places including mosques is necessary for combating the lethal disease.

The vice-chairman further said that the decision of the federal government to allow gatherings in mosques for Friday and Taraweeh prayers reflects undue leniency, which is in violation of the standards of social distancing and other related basic parameters as all Muslim states across the globe, have strictly banned such gatherings.

He added that such leniency will add to an alarming number of people infected by the virus. "Our already weak and chocked healthcare system will absolutely be unable to meet and cater such a situation."

The PBC vice-chairman further urged the federal government to review its policy and ensure placing of complete lockdown throughout the country without any exception and leniency.

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