ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday mentioned that the federal government will welcome any enter from the opposition to face the problem of coronavirus.

Addressing a gathering of the parliamentary leaders within the Nationwide Meeting and Senate through video hyperlink, Imran Khan urged political events to return ahead and be a part of forces with the federal government to reassess the state of affairs.

The Prime Minister mentioned in the intervening time, he believes that we should always not go for an entire lockdown and full shutdown of the transport as a result of it would have an effect on meals and different provides. He mentioned full lockdown may also have a disastrous influence on the development trade leaving the labour class jobless, and, “we should take care of this.”

Imran Khan mentioned any resolution taken out of worry and panic may have its repercussions, which must be stored in view earlier than taking any excessive step. The Prime Minister mentioned he’ll preserve his views over the unfavorable influence of lockdown in Nationwide Coordination Committee assembly being held right this moment (Thursday).

Prime Minister mentioned, “Since provinces have taken their selections, in tomorrow’s Nationwide Coordination Committee’s assembly, I’ll put ahead suggestions primarily based on the assessments made by my staff.

I really feel that we should consistently reassess. As a result of each step we take has a repercussion for society.”

He mentioned the federal government is engaged on elevating a volunteer drive to boost response to combat the illness and supply aid to the poor individuals. The Prime Minister mentioned imposing a nationwide lockdown can be detrimental for the nation’s financial system, including that it was not attainable to “rationally judge the repercussions of decisions taken out of fear and panic.”

“Only the nation can defeat coronavirus, no government can do it,” asserted the Prime Minister. The premier, whereas urging leaders to reassess the state of affairs mentioned: “There are forms of lockdown; initially we imposed lockdown by shutting down faculties and universities and cancelling matches.

He mentioned informed the parliamentary leaders that till yesterday out of the 900 coronavirus instances reported in Pakistan, solely 153 have been domestically transmitted.

“In a approach it is a excellent factor for us,” he mentioned, stating that the remainder of the instances had been imported from different international locations. He mentioned that the Sindh authorities believed that they need to transcend that due to the 18th Modification and provinces are free to take their very own selections.


“The Centre and I were of the opinion that we should not go as far as Sindh at the time. But then there was pressure from the media. Under that pressure, KP, Punjab and Balochistan also imposed incremental lockdown,” he added. He went on to say that imposing a lockdown, beneath which transport needed to be suspended, would have an effect on poor individuals, particularly in villages.


Prime Minister mentioned: “I consider that we should always not go in direction of a lockdown wherein we shut down transport. I consider that we should face big issues on the availability aspect. Already there’s a scarcity of oil in Gilgit-Baltistan as a result of there’s a lockdown on transport.


“Wheat is being harvested; diesel might be required in villages for transport. I really feel that this lockdown will have an effect on our building trade and there might be unemployment on an enormous scale, he maintained.