ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the PPP’s first priority was to save people’s lives but through a conspiracy the Sindh government efforts were being sabotaged.
“The Sindh government is working on the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and because of the timely action taken by the Sindh government, Pakistan was saved from turning into Wuhan, Italy and New York,” he said while speaking at the PPP Information Secretary’s videoconference. Bilawal said that other provinces also followed the Sindh trail to protect their people. “PPP is ready to make every sacrifice for the people,” he said.
Bringing the PTI-led government into the task of what he called “not serious” and the “delayed” response it caused to the coronavirus crisis, the PPP Chair said that the federal government had done nothing for daily wage workers. He regretted that the federal government also did not meet the basic needs of doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff who were vital to managing Covid-19 patients. “This is also the responsibility of the federal government to help the province,” he said.
Sarbuland Khan who briefed the PPP chairman said that Balochistan did not have a test kit. Rubina Khalid from the KP said that doctors lost their lives in carrying out their duties because they were not given any protective equipment. Hasan Murtaza from Punjab complained that the people of Punjab were in dire need of medical facilities. Likewise Danish Sadia told the chairman about Gilgit Baltistan who lacked PPE for doctors and test kits. Javed Job said that the federal government completely ignored Azad Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Moula Bux Chandio, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Manzoor, Ch Munawwar Anjum, Palwasha Khan, Saeed Ghani, Hasan Murtaza, Aajiz Dhamra, Sarbuland Khan, Nawabzada Iftikhar, Rubina Khalid, Sadia Denmark, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Javed Ayub, Nasir Shah, Lawyers Amir Hasan, Sassi Palijo, Saher Kamran and Nazir Dhoki.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz said the Sindh government was free to make a decision whether to choose to be locked or not and asked why there were questions raised by the federal government regarding this matter.
In a statement issued here, the newly installed federal information minister asked Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Sindh government not to blame the federal government for their failure and focus on controlling the corona virus instead of playing with politics about this serious problem.
He pointed out that Bilawal Bhutto and the Sindh provincial minister held a lengthy news conference. Shibli stressed that the opposition must support the prime minister in the fight against the virus instead of doing politics. He advised Bilawal not to hurt national coherence and unity just to survive in politics.
The minister claimed the assistance provided by the federal government to Sindh showed ignorance of Bilawal Bhutto. He noted that 45,000 Sindh industries and 0.717 million commercial consumers were given relief in paying electricity bills.
He continued that the Bank Negara deferred scheme for loan repayment payments would also apply to Sindh and the Rs1.2 trillion stimulus package would also be distributed to Sindh like other federation units.
He went on to add that Sindh people benefited like other parts of the country through utility shops.
Small traders and business owners have been given a package of facilities to pay their workers’ salaries, Senator Shibli Faraz said.
The Minister said that under the Ehsaas Cash Emergency Program, Rs27 billion was provided in Sindh so far from the Center, in addition to the supply of 504,447 face masks, 290,986 surgical masks, 30,142 N-95, 203,840 KN-95 masks and 148,334 protective clothing.
The equipment, he said, provided including 77,992 test equipment, 200 thermal weapons, 25,000 VTM and PCR machines. In addition, the federal government has provided a large number of hand sanitizers, hand washing, chemical spray soap, bio-hazard bags, safety boxes and body bags.
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