Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz while addressing media along with Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on Saturday, asked political parties especially the opposition to act responsibly and avoid blame game on tackling of the challenge of coronavirus pandemic.
Shibli Faraz said unfortunately some political parties were indulging in political point-scoring on the issue of coronavirus.
He said that Sindh’s Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah, was an integral part of the decision-making process at the National Coordination and Operation Centre (NCOC), but that he used to issue baseless statements later, adding that the opposition could not digest the way the PTI government had handled the crisis.
He added that Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also made baseless allegations against the federal government which was an effort to mislead the masses.
The minister said with the grace of Allah Almighty and the sagacious policies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan’s tackling of the outbreak of coronavirus was far better than many advanced countries having robust economies and modern healthcare systems.
The minister said every loss of human life due to the pandemic was regrettable but so far the loss of lives and number of patients in Pakistan were far less than the estimates of the experts which was the manifestation of the success of the policy adopted by the government.
Shibli Faraz said the government had adopted a comprehensive roadmap to handle the coronavirus challenge which was being appreciated at the world level.
He said the government had adopted the policy of saving lives as well as protecting vulnerable segments of society from hunger and famine, adding that despite economic constraints, the government has given a gigantic recovery plan. 1,200 billion rupees to provide a cushion and support to each segment of society affected by the contagion.
He said NCOC had been chalking out efficient strategies all the time to meet the challenge.
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