MUZAFFARABAD: President Arif Alvi President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for observing self-discipline in maintaining social distance and following government instructions on lockdown to combat the coronavirus.
In a press briefing in Muzaffarabad, where he had gone on a day-long official visit to review relief measures, President Alvi asserted that social distancing should also be observed in the holy month of Ramadan as Pakistan cannot afford slackness.
He lauded the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) government’s efforts and appreciated the people of the region for following government orders.
During his visit, President Alvi, who was accompanied by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for doctors and health workers to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) government, a statement issued by his office said.
AJ&K President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider briefed the president about the outbreak in the mountainous region.
آزاد جموں کشمیر کے صدر سردار مسعود خان اور وزیراعظم راجہ فاروق حیدر نے کورونا سے متعلق اقدامات کے حوالے سے صدر مملکت کو آگاہ کیا
چئیرمین این ڈی ایم اے لیفٹیننٹ جنرل محمدافضل بھی صدر مملکت کے ہمراہ ہیں
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) April 21, 2020
The visit comes as the valley is being subjected to continuous ceasefire violations by the Indian troops. Yesterday, the president discussed the situation at the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan stretched across Kashmir, with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.
According to a statement issued after the meeting, the participants of the meeting condemned unprovoked Indian firing along the LoC in addition to denouncing the usurping of rights of Kashmiris in the garb of anti-coronavirus measures in occupied Kashmir.
Today, as reports surfaced of Indian hospitals refusing to admit Muslim patients, Alvi urged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take notice of the state-sponsored discrimination being faced by Indian Muslims.
He further reiterated support for the people of Kashmir and said Pakistan will continue to expose brutalities by the Indian Army.