PM Imran calls for end to transport boycott in consultative parliamentary meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday emphasized upon evaluating the “extreme steps” taken by the provinces to restrain the expanse of the coronavirus as these would “impact the economy drastically”.

Addressing a parliamentary leaders’ conference in Islamabad, PM Imran called for the lifting of the ban on transport, saying it would badly hit the accumulation of necessary things in the country.

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Gilgit-Baltistan is facing fuel shortage and yesterday, supply from the port was stopped due to the lockdown in Karachi and we had to take necessary steps in this regard,” the prime minister said.

He added there was no precedence in the world of such a lockdown.

The federal government can not do this alone; we have to have a national response to fight the epidemic,” the premier said.

Demanding the political leadership of the country to give their input and ideas, the prime minister said, “We have a meeting of National Coordination Committee tomorrow where we will review the situation arising after the lockdown.”

There are multiple levels of lockdown and a curfew is the last stage,” the premier said, adding that his interest was the poor section of the society which will carry the brunt of such actions.

Sindh was the first province which announced it is imposing a lockdown and then under pressure from the media, all the other provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir followed suit,” said the premier.

Addressing the Taftan dispute, PM Imran said the army and Balochistan government made great works in taking care of pilgrims coming from Iran.

Iran could not deal with the state and then brought our nationals to the border, leaving us no choice but to allow them back into the country, he said.

The prime minister added, “Our decision to not evacuate students from Wuhan proved right. We received criticism from everyone but you see, there is no case of coronavirus from China.”

We must not take decisions under fear,” he said. “We have to win the fight against coronavirus and we can do this together.”

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