Covid-19: Court disposes of plea against NCOC bars

By: AFP
Published: 03:56 AM, 19 Nov, 2020
Covid-19: Court disposes of plea against NCOC bars
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The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday disposed of a petition challenging an order by the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) imposing restrictions on holding indoor events.

Hearing a petition by the Islamabad Marquee Association, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said enforcing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for curbing the spread of the virus was not the responsibility of the people.

 "This is a question of people's lives."  He said more than 7,000 deaths were not due to coronavirus but due to ignoring the responsibilities of controlling the spread of the pandemic.

Justice Minallah also came down hard on the deputy attorney general. "A representative from the NCOC had been summoned for today's hearing. Where is he?"

The deputy attorney general replied that the attorney general, who is also a member of the forum, would appear before the court. Appearing before the court, Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said the government was aware of the current coronavirus situation and the people's health was of utmost importance.

AFP

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