Complete National Lockdown in Pakistan to be Imposed from Monday?

“Complete National Lockdown in Pakistan can be Imposed from Monday” said Sheikh Rashid

Minister for Interior Shaikh Rasheed has said that it is possible the government may impose strict restrictions and smart lockdowns in the coming days; however, decision makers will also need to assess the impact of such a decision on the poor and working classes.

Meanwhile, sources in the interior ministry have said there is no plan for an immediate lockdown in Islamabad and that any decision in this regard can only be taken on the recommendation of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

As reports began to circulate of a nationwide lockdown, Rasheed issued a video statement to set the record straight

“I did not say at all that a lockdown will begin on Monday. False reports attributed to me have been circulating,” he began by saying.

He admits to said that on Monday, in coronavirus hotspots, the NCOC “may consider smart lockdowns”.

“I did not speak of a complete, nationwide lockdown at all. So I wish to say to everyone, this is a false report being circulated,” said Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid.

He added that the decision, in any case, will be taken by the NCOC and does not fall under the scope of the interior ministry.

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