The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra on Sunday mentioned that if the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) thinks that the federal government is intentionally making an attempt to make use of coronavirus as an excuse to ban their gatherings, they’re completely fallacious, Geo News reported.
“We care about our population, our healthcare workers, and our economy,” Jhangra mentioned whereas addressing a press convention in Peshawar on Sunday.
Expressing his concern in view of the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), he mentioned that PDM supporters from different components of the province are coming to the provincial capital in order that they may take part within the rally.
Once the employees will return to their respective districts, the danger of spreading the virus will enhance, mentioned Jhagra, who himself had contracted COVID-19 in September.
“The Opposition was earlier stressing that stricter lockdowns should be imposed in the country but now they are contradicting their own stance,” he mentioned. “If the situation of coronavirus cases worsens within a few weeks, the organisers of PDM rallies will be held responsible for that.”
A day in the past, Jhagra had mentioned that the federal government was not against the Opposition’s jalsa however preserving in view the spike in coronavirus circumstances, the general public ought to determine whether or not political gatherings ought to happen or not.
Shedding mild on the growing variety of COVID-19 constructive circumstances within the province, Jhagra mentioned that the federal government is taking measures to manage the scenario.
“We are proactively trying to increase the capacity of hospitals in Peshawar and other districts of K-P to accommodate COVID-19 patients,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that in November, the coronavirus positivity charges have elevated to 12 % in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“In view of the recent surge, we are trying to work on reforming the health system,” he careworn, including that the federal government goals to save lots of each individuals’s lives and their livelihoods by minimal restrictions.
“We, however, have to change people’s behaviour toward this virus and for that, all parties and stakeholders have to work together. We must also take care of our health workers,” Jhagra mentioned.
Despite the federal government’s resistance towards public gatherings, the PDM has been adamant to carry the Peshawar rally.
PDM chief Fazl-ur-Rehman vowed that the Opposition won’t again down and accused the federal government of utilizing the coronavirus as a tactic to create hurdles for the Opposition.
“This illegitimate government itself is a big corona[virus],” he mentioned, in a press convention in Peshawar, including: “They found no other excuse, so started raising a hue and cry about the spread of coronavirus.”
“While we talk about COVID-19, we should also shed light upon COVID-18,” he added.
Fazl-ur-Rehman had not solely vowed to go forward with the rally in Peshawar however promised a flurry of rallies within the days forward.
“The next rally will be held on November 26 in Larkana which my party, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl), will host,” he mentioned, including that one other rally will happen on November 30 in Multan.