Provinces can decide on partial lockdown: Firdous

By: News Desk      Published: 03:35 PM, 23 Mar, 2020
Provinces can decide on partial lockdown: Firdous

The federal government has put the onus to lockdown completely or partially different parts of the country on provinces and also approved provincial governments’ requests seeking military in aid of civil power.

Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Monday the prime minister has allowed the provincial governments to enforce ‘partial lockdown’ on ‘need-base’ under Article 245-A of the Constitution of Pakistan.

“The option of partial lockdown is left upon provinces,” Awan said during a press held at PID, Islamabad.

She added that a notification in this regard will be issued after the federal cabinet approves the move.

Punjab and Balochistan have already joined Sindh in requesting the army’s help to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak in their respective provinces as majority of the country goes into lockdown.

The SAPM also highlighted the importance of Pakistan Day and paid homage to the great visionary Muslim leaders of the sub-continent who foresee the real face of the Hindutva and emphasised on need of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.

Till now, Sindh has undergone a complete lockdown for two days whereas other provinces have retrained the citizens’ movement but have not decided to go for a complete lockdown still.

She also said lockdown does not mean a complete curfew and urged the masses to act upon the government’s advise to counter the threat of coronavirus in the country.

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