Islamabad, 02 June 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:
The provincial chief ministers have agreed to the negative list proposed by National Command and Operation Centre to allow operational activities to the left over economic and industrial sectors halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial chief ministers joined the NCOC meeting through video link which was chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar expressed his agreement on the negative list aimed at allowing left over closed economic sectors with strict compliance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS).
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the negative list was agreed, however, opening of restaurants with SOPs compliance was not possible as proposed in the negative list.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan also supported the negative list. He highlighted the issues faced by overseas Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia and requested the forum to provide assistance in this regard.
Chief Minister Balochistan was represented by the parliamentary Secretary who conveyed the comments of Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan. She mentioned that SOPs compliance was a major challenge in the province and, therefore, it was not possible to open up schools in the prevailing contagion.
Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman also agreed to the proposed negative list and said that GB had already closed the sectors flagged in the list.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that there was a need to deploy provincial health assets on the Airports of the country for swift screening and credible data gathering.
Asad Umar said national and political leadership at the forum agreed upon the right to earn livelihood without jeopardizing other people’s life by spreading the virus and that punitive actions should be undertaken to ensure strict compliance of SOPs.