ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has sad that opposition is callously destroying people’s lives and livelihoods in their desperation to get an NRO.
PM Imran Khan, in a series of tweets, said that Pakistan’s second COVID 19 spike data is of concern as increase in the virus patients on ventilators in last 15 days rose in Peshawar and Multan by 200%, Karachi 148%, Lahore 114% and Islamabad 65% while Multan Islamabad’s Covid ventilators capacity utilization has reached 70 percent.
He further said that across the world there is a second spike and complete lockdowns in most countries but in Pakistan, the PDM by continuing with jalsas is deliberately endangering lives and livelihoods.
If cases continue to rise at the rate we are seeing, we will be compelled to go into complete lockdown and PDM will be responsible for consequences, he warned.
Imran Khan said that opposition can hold a million jalsas but will not get any NRO from him.
The prime minister further said that he does not want to take measures like a lockdown that will start hurting Pakistan’s economy which at the moment is showing signs of a robust recovery but unfortunately, the opposition’s only goal is NRO at whatever cost to the lives of people and the country’s economy.
On the other hand, federal ministers have criticized opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for insisting on holding rally in Peshawar despite government’s ban due to surging coronavirus cases in the country.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that opposition wants to slaughter the entire cow for its 2kg meat.
In a tweet, the federal minister used the example of a cow to explain the situation. “The Opposition wants to sacrifice the entire cow for its 2kg meat,” he said, “Fools, if the disease continues to spread and people’s lives are on stake, then for what [purpose] are you doing politics for?”
He said that politics and power were connected with people’s lives and well-being. “Change your strategy; if you really want to hold jalsas then hold virtual ones,” he added in the tweet.
Federal Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said that ‘spread coronavirus movement’ of opposition is proof of their selfishness.
He asked that what opposition wants to achieve by spreading the novel coronavirus in the country.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Communication Shahbaz Gill has said that PDM parties are endangering lives of people for their personal interests and warned that second wave of coronavirus can be more deadly.
Earlier, when government imposed smart lockdown in the country, opposition was in favor of complete lockdown but now in their hatred fir Imran Khan, they are about to cross a red line, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Head of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the biggest virus facing Pakistan is the government itself. He also said that PDM’s Peshawar rally will go ahead as planned under all circumstances.
Addressing a press conference in Peshawar on Saturday, the PDM head said that despite the illegitimate government’s efforts, PDM will hold its rally in Peshawar. He said that Sunday’s historic rally will leave the PTI government bamboozled.
This statement comes at a time when the country is facing a serious spike in coronavirus cases with the number of deaths also on the rise.
Addressing these concerns, Fazlur Rehman said that the government is only touting the dangers of coronavirus since it sees no other way of stopping PDM rallies. This illegitimate government itself is the biggest virus, ridding the nation of its rule will be the biggest reprieve, he added.