Must move towards ‘Smart Lockdown’: PM Imran Khan – Pakistan | Instant News

Last updated when April 24, 2020 12:06 p.m.

The 3 hour telethon is broadcast live by Dunya News

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Speaking to the nation during a live telethon, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the war against the Coronavirus pandemic could only be won through national unity and the coordinated efforts of all relevant stakeholders.

He spoke on the largest Ehsaas Telethon which was simultaneously broadcast by public and private TV Channels including Dunya News for raising funds to fight COVID-19.

Help for the underprivileged

PM IMran said the PTI government announced a massive historic aid package for poor families with the aim of reducing mass misery amid lockouts put in place to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

Calling the Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program as transparent and achievement-based, he said cash assistance worth 12,000 rupees was being distributed among 5,437 million beneficiaries across the country.

He said the government allocated 144 billion rupees for the poor segment of the Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program.

Unlimited locked is ruled out

Imran Khan said the whole world was struggling against Coronavirus which had emerged as a major global problem. He said the lockout had a bad impact on the world economy, which resulted in increased poverty worldwide, especially in developing countries like Pakistan.

He said the government was considering the option of implementing smart locking in the country to wisely provide assistance to the working class, daily bets & strata of the lower middle class.

Imran Khan said applying “balanced and intelligent locking” to the patterns of western countries would be an effective and appropriate choice in the prevailing situation in the country.

He explained that “unlimited locking” is not an option and any decision regarding smart locking must be for “all Pakistanis and not just the elite”.

Imran Khan said locking in India and Singapore had a negative impact on poor people, and now countries like the United States, are also thinking of imposing ‘smart locking’ despite the deaths of more than 40,000 residents.

Social responsibility

Imran Khan stressed the importance of public showing social responsibility in overcoming corona virus and ensuring that a healthy balance between limiting the spread of viruses and functional economy is maintained.

The prime minister expressed his belief that the government would make further decisions in consultation with all stakeholders to resolve the problems being faced by people living below the poverty line.

He said the government prepared a comprehensive road map for the holy month of Ramazan by bringing all the clerics and scholars. He, however, warned that the government would act, if there were people who violated standard 20-point operating procedures to prevent the spread of the virus during Ramazan.

The prime minister warned that the next three to four weeks could be very important for Pakistan in terms of infection and death from the corona virus.


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