Sindh Government’s Lockdown Is Not In Public Interest: Khurram Sher Zaman
PTI leader Khurram Sher Zaman has while rejecting the decision said that the lockdown of the Sindh government is not in the public interest.
He said that he was well aware of the lockdown dramas of the Sindh government, adding that the Sindh government wanted to harm the business community.
Khurram Sher Zaman said that the opposition parties and business leaders were not taken into confidence by the Sindh government whilst the NCOC chief had also assured the Sindh government of cooperation.
Member Sindh Assembly PTI said that Federal Minister Asad Omar had suggested smart lockdown, even in the past the poor sections of the society suffered a lot due to the decision of the Sindh government.
He said that Police and administration in the province will be left on the streets to make money, the lockdown is not to prevent Coronavirus but to activate the extortion mafia.
In the wake of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the Sindh government on Friday announced a complete lockdown from Saturday till August 8 across the province.
According to a notification issued by the provincial authorities, both the government and private offices will remain closed, while anyone travelling will be required to carry their vaccination certificates.
It has also been decided that a few industries will be exempted from the lockdown; however, the industries have not yet been specified. Export industries will operate, as usual.
Only pharmacies will remain open, whereas all other markets and shopping centres will be closed.
Moreover, the Sindh government, in line with the federal government, has announced to hold salaries of government employees who fail to get vaccinated before August 31.
According to the notification, intercity transport will also remain suspended from tomorrow (Saturday).
A day earlier, the federal government set August 31 as the deadline for the Covid vaccination; following which only vaccinated staff and people will be allowed to enter both public and private sector offices, including educational institutes, and travel in public transport.
“We want people to do their routine businesses…, we want nobody loses their job …and whatever measures we are taking are for the public good, so people should take care of their health and vaccinate themselves,” Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar had said while addressing a press conference.
A total of 86 deaths have been reported across the country in the last 24 hours with 4,537 new positive cases.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 58,203 tests were conducted, while the positivity ratio remained at 7.79 per cent.
The death toll due to the pandemic in the country has reached 23,293.
The total number of confirmed cases has reached 377,231 in Sindh, while 5,947 deaths have been reported across the province since the onset of the virus.
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