COVID-19: PoK migrant workers trapped in Karachi, political activists slamming the government over mismanagement | Indiabloom | Instant News


Islamabad / IBNS: Political activists have attacked the Pakistani government accusing them of not providing food and other important items needed by thousands of migrant workers from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) who are currently trapped in the city of Karachi because of the COVID-19 outbreak, media reports say.

The workers came from vast PoK areas such as Niyal, Kotli, Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Gilgit, sources told the ANI news agency.

A political activist said these people did not have food.

“They have no food rations and no arrangements are made for their emergency accommodation while they remain unemployed and homeless,” said a political activist, who posted a video of people affected on social media, as reported by ANI.

He has criticized the Muzaffarabad government led by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider for failing to meet the needs of PoK migrant workers and demanded that the PoK government negotiate with the Sindh government to provide them with food rations, free accommodation and screening for Coronavirus, the news agency reported.

An important leader said that he doubted the contagious COVID-19 disease might spread in the region because migrant workers did not maintain policies such as distance.

“I worry that Coronavirus might spread on a large scale among PoK migrant workers because they have not maintained policies such as social distance and cleanliness,” Dr Amjad Mirza, a PoK activist, told ANI.

“The problems faced by PoK migrant workers in Karachi must be dealt with on a war footing,” he said and demanded swift action.

More than 4000 COVID-19 cases have been reported from Pakistan so far. The death toll reaches 55.

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