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Crisis of Coronavirus: Government calls for troops in Pakistan Army

Crisis of Coronavirus: Government calls for troops in Pakistan Army


ISLAMABAD: On Monday, the government called on the Pakistan Army to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus across the region.


The army would be mobilized across the country as coronavirus cases exceeded 850 and six deaths were recorded.


The Competent Authority, in the exercise of the powers conferred pursuant to Article 245 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and SectionI31-A of the CrPC, is pleased to approve the deployment of appropriate troops of the Pakistan Army in the province of Punjab, in accordance with the requirement to be prepared by the provincial government in conjunction with the Army authorities in connection with the prevailing situation related to the spread of COVID-19 and matters ancillary thereto, subject to laws enforced in Pakistan," read the notification for Punjab. 


Similar notifications were issued for Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.


The notification comes at a time when the number of affected cases in the country have soared past 800 and six people have succumbed to the infection in Pakistan.


Sindh on lockdown, Punjab takes 'important decisions'

The government of Sindh imposed a province-wide lockdown on Sunday while the Punjab government decided to take important decisions to encourage social distancing and self-quarantine.


The lockdown in Sindh was imposed for 15 days.


In Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar ordered all unnecessary shops to be closed and pillion riding prohibited. Section 144 had also been implemented to run for 14 days in the province.


Buzdar said grocery stores, fruit markets, bakeries, and meat shops would not be subject to the lockdown's conditions. However, he clarified that the province was not undergoing a lockdown neither a curfew.


"I want to make it clear to you that this is neither a curfew nor a lockdown situation," he said. "We are bringing a little changing [in the situation]," he added.


The chief minister announced that all non-essential shops and services would remain closed as the Punjab government took precautionary measures to ensure the virus does not spread.


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