Centre seeks improved coronavirus response in Sindh amid fourth wave

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry addressing a post-cabinet press conference in Islamabad, on August 3, 2021. — PID
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry addressing a post-cabinet press convention in Islamabad, on August 3, 2021. — PID

As the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic continues to   batter Pakistan, the federal authorities on Tuesday requested the Sindh authorities to enhance its COVID-19 response and improve vaccinations.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, in a post-cabinet press convention in Islamabad, stated: “The vaccination rate is the lowest in Karachi and Hyderabad.”

“Sindh government needs to look into the mirror first (before any criticism it levels against the Centre),” he stated.

Fawad stated Sindh is lagging behind all provinces and the Centre has repeatedly requested the province to enhance its governance. “Sindh is an important province, as it has a huge population.”

The federal minister’s feedback come after a chaotic scenario was witnessed at vaccination centres throughout Karachi as folks rushed to get inoculated following warnings of SIM blockage.

Speaking about PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif’s current interview, the federal minister stated the suggestion by the chief of the Opposition within the National Assembly to bury the hatchet and move ahead was a welcome assertion.

“The government is ready to hold talks with the Opposition in the Parliament, but not with its leadership which is outside the Parliament,” Fawad stated.

However, he dominated out  any date for such a gathering between Shahbaz and Prime Minister Imran Khan within the near future.

The info minister stated the federal authorities was not eager about talking to unelected get together leaders, together with PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

“Maryam, Nawaz, Fazl, and others do not want the system to move forward,” he stated, including that get together leaders who’re “fugitives” and reside outdoors the nation had “no right” to guide their events in Pakistan.

Speaking about different essential points, the federal minister stated 23 extra Pakistani prisoners had returned to the nation from Saudi Arabia, which was made attainable by means of private efforts by PM Imran Khan.

The prime minister has clearly informed Pakistani envoys — counsellor generals or ambassadors — that they need to consider abroad Pakistanis as their household.

“We have already brought back hundreds of Pakistanis imprisoned abroad who were incarcerated for minor crimes,” he stated, including that the federal government was engaged on repatriating extra prisoners.

On the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections, he stated the polls had been held beneath the area’s prime minister’s supervision, including that PML-N suffered a humiliating defeat and later claimed the elections had been rigged.

“How will democracy move forward when the losing party claims  rigging,” he stated, reiterating that the federal government and Opposition must be on the identical web page on a number of essential issues.

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