Criticising the Pakistan Democratic Movement for its insistence on holding a jalsa regardless of rising coronavirus circumstances in Peshawar, Prime Minister Imran Khan accused opposition leaders of “playing reckless politics with people’s safety”.
“The same PDM members who wanted a strict lockdown and criticised me earlier are now playing reckless politics with people’s safety,” the premier tweeted early Saturday.
“They are even defying court orders and holding a jalsa when [coronavirus] cases are rising dramatically,” he added.
Peshawar coronavirus positivity fee at 13.39%
The premier was quote tweeting Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar.
Umar, who additionally heads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), had tweeted earlier that the COVID-19 positivity fee in Peshawar had touched 13.39% on Friday. He stated there have been 202 sufferers in crucial care within the provincial capital, out of which 50 have been on low circulate oxygen whereas 134 on excessive circulate and 18 on ventilators.
“14 new critical patients arrived just yesterday,” he continued. “PDM response: we will be safe on the stage so who cares what happens to citizens.”
PDM not backing down
The statements from the federal government got here after the Opposition determined it will push forward with the Peshawar jalsa at Peshawar’s Dalazak Road, Ring Road Chowk regardless of the town administration denying permission for a gathering there on Friday.
The notification issued by the deputy commissioner’s workplace stated the matter was thought of by the district administration and capital metropolis police beneath Section 14 of the KP Civil Administration Act 2020. The authorities officers did a area evaluation and held a gathering with the jalsa organisers.
But, citing a November 2 notification issued by the KP authorities banning massive public gatherings owing to the rising coronavirus positivity fee locally, the deputy commissioner denied permission to carry the jalsa “after considering all aspects, and to safeguard human lives due to potential spread of COVID-19.”
However, the PDM is just not able to again down. Its media coordinator, Abdul Jalil Jan, stated the PDM rally shall be held as deliberate on November 22.
He added that they won’t tolerate any kind of ban from the Peshawar district administration. Jan stated holding the rally is their elementary proper beneath the Constitution and regulation.