Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar stated that coronavirus lockdown decisions are taken after considering all the ground realities.
Under the population of 210 million people, it is not very easy to take any decision. He explained that the nation should support government and act responsibly towards the disease.
He cleared that those people who have been suffering due to the lockdown should be financially helped out.
“We are trying to present the facts in front of the masses with honesty. We have to take decisions for the betterment of 210 million people,” he said.
He added, “Decisions are taken keeping in mind the facts on the ground.”
He also showed concerns about how people compare Pakistan with the other countries that are fighting against coronavirus. Two different countries can never be same in taking decisions.
He declared, “If you give me the responsibility to make decisions for Germany and Pakistan about coronavirus, I’ll take different decisions. Me, one person, will take two different decisions. This is because the situation on the ground in the two countries is quite different.”
We must not forget that in Pakistan, we don’t have enough medical equipment and health facilities as compared with the other developed countries.
He added that all the political parties should forget their differences and stand beneath one flag to combat coronavirus.
He stated, “The direction we take should be the same and decisions should be taken with consultation. It is my opinion that provinces and even district administrations should be allowed flexibility to take decisions according to the situation.”
Earlier, the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has called for the provincial and federal governments to sit together and decide effectively how to combat coronavirus.
He said, “During our meeting with the federal government yesterday, we asked for a uniform policy to deal with the situation.”
During a press conference in Karachi, the chief minister further added that,
“Some provinces and the federal government agreed that some essential workplaces should reopen. We did not agree to open shops for barbers, plumbers, electricians etc.”