PM asks PDM to cancel its rallies amid deadly second wave of Covid-19 | Pakistan Today

PM asks PDM to cancel its rallies amid deadly second wave of Covid-19

–Imran says Pakistan to follow Quaid’s vision on Israel recognition

–No UAE ban on issuance of visas to Pakistani labourers 

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reiterated the government’s resolve not to allow big gatherings amid the second wave of coronavirus pandemic and said that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) must cancel its public gatherings in larger interest of the people of Pakistan.

Addressing the participants of the meeting of the government spokespersons, the prime minister said that the children of two corrupt politicians were only interested in saving their parents’ looted wealth but they did not care about the lives of the people of Pakistan.

He said that while the entire world was taking concrete steps to help save their people from the pandemic, some self-centred politicians were putting lives of the public at large in danger.

“Let me make it clear again: regardless of how many gatherings they hold, I will not give them any NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance],” vowed the prime minister. He reiterated the resolve to ensure that Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SoPs) are observed at any cost.

According to a source in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed strongly criticised the opposition alliance and fully agreed with the proposal not to hold a meeting. However, the source added, some party leaders said that the government should not provide the opposition any excuse to blame the government as the PDM shows were failing as people were not coming to these meetings.

The railways minister also briefed the participants on updated position of ML-I – a multi-billion-dollar project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood briefed the spokespersons on the communication and the government’s stance on PDM public meetings.

The source said that PM Imran termed the second wave of coronavirus as extremely dangerous and urged everyone should play their role to help defeat coronavirus. He said that the opposition used to talk of observing lockdown in across country but now it was unfortunate to note that the same opposition was putting the lives of the people in jeopardy by holding rallies in an epidemic situation.

Minister for Commerce Hamad Azhar briefed the party spokespersons of the steps taken by the government for timely crushing of sugarcane to help control sugar prices. He said that in addition to the fact that timely payments have been made to sugarcane farmers, the credit for crushing and payment to sugarcane farmers goes to the prime minister.

Azhar added that the government had imposed a fine of Rs5 million on those who delayed the payment of farmers. The federal minister also said that the country’s economy is moving forward in a splendid manner, more good news will be received in this regard.


The premier told the meeting that Pakistan is following the policy of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah regarding the issue of Israel. He said that Pakistan is not recognising Israel and it is unthinkable to recognise Israel until the Palestinians get their rights.


Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari also gave the meeting a briefing on his contacts with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates about issuance of visas to Pakistani labourers. He said that there is no ban on issuance of labour visa for Pakistani labourers. He told the meeting that he had spoken to the Emirati authorities, and they denied reports of any such restrictions.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]