Reports about curfew in Sindh baseless, says information minister

By: News Desk      Published: 11:20 PM, 26 Mar, 2020
Reports about curfew in Sindh baseless, says information minister
Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah talks to the media at an event.–File photo

Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said there is no truth in reports about imposition of a curfew in the province.

He was responding to media reports that the Sindh government has decided to impose a curfew in the entire province from Thursday night keeping in view the rising number of coronavirus cases in the province.

There were reports that the Sindh government decided late on Thursday evening to impose a curfew in the province as part of its efforts to contain coronavirus in the province at any cost. As the number of coronavirus infections continues to grow in Sindh as well as other parts of the country, the Sindh government has decided to go to any extent to control the virus pandemic, the earlier reports said.

According to the reports, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was all set to start consultations with other political parties of the province on imposition of a curfew in the province. He was reportedly of the view that the ongoing lockdown in the province was not giving the desired results; therefore, the government would have to impose a curfew across Sindh.

Since confirmation of Pakistan’s first coronavirus case in Karachi on February 26, the number of cases has gone up steadily. As of Thursday, March 26 (9:00 pm), the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sindh was 421 and in Pakistan 1,191. Punjab was slightly behind Sindh with 405 confirmed cases and then came Balochistan (131), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (125), Gilgit-Baltistan (85), Federal Capital (25) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (1).