RAWALAKOT: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the people of AJK to maintain precautionary measures and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus.
He made the appeal while addressing the participants of a post Eidul Fitr luncheon hosted at his Horna Mera residence near Rawalakot on Monday.
The president told the attendees that until coronavirus vaccine is developed, social distancing and other precautionary measures are the sole prevention of this disease.
He appreciated the role of armed forces, doctors, Ulema and philanthropists for their joint response to the pandemic and averting the food crisis in the state.
Commenting on the lockdown relaxation, the AJK president said that smart or partial lockdown does not mean termination of lockdown and cautioned that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) if the precautionary measures are overlooked, large scale human losses can occur in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir in the coming days.
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Advising the people to strictly maintain social distances, cooperate with the government and do not pay heed to hearsays, he also urged well-off people to generously contribute to help those who have been made destitute by the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The luncheon was attended by prominent representatives of the local business community, leaders of different political parties including the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), religious leaders and social workers.
Others who were present on the occasion were Sardar Shabir Khan (Gulf Group), Sardar Saeed Aziz, Sardar Toseef Aziz, Sardar Shahzeb Khan, Sardar Zareen Khan, Sardar Ashiq Khan, President PML-N (Constituency 4), Sardar Altaf Khan, Sardar Javaid and others.