The number of people infected with Covid-19 in Pakistan is more than 50,000, while the death toll has crossed 1,000. Realizing that the figure of infection has not yet reached such alarming levels that steps should be taken to level the corona curve, Pakistan formed the NCOC (National Command and Operations Center) a few days ago, behind which The intention was that the central, provincial governments and military leadership come together to deal with Corona.
However, doctors and other experts believe that the situation is more serious than the current figures. He says that Pakistan is in a phase of Covid-19 where there is a huge discrepancy in investigation, infection, deaths, and reality.
Continuing video conferences are being held under the leadership of Union Planning and Development Minister Asad Omar to discuss the issue, in which chief ministers of all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan, and the chief secretary are participating. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also attended many such meetings.
Lt. General Hamud Ujjman Khan, commander of the Air Defense Command, has been made the head of NCOC. The work of this institution is to investigate Covid-19, detect and strategize for the infected, assess the facilities available for treatment and explore the possibilities of domestic production of medical equipment required to treat corona.
The NCOC has a major task to coordinate between the Central and Provincial Governments to deal with this epidemic. As cases of infection are increasing in the country despite the efforts of the government, it was also decided that the army will monitor efforts to coordinate between the central and provincial governments on this issue.
But when there should be coordination between the Central and Provincial governments to fight Corona, it is seen that the PPP (Pakistan People's Party) governments of the Center and Sindh are pitted against each other. They are not only calling each other inferior, but are also criticizing their tactics, which are giving rise to allegations of conspiracy and increasing resentment of the people.
At present, the central government is in a fix to strictly enforce the lockdown or eliminate it gradually by relaxing it so that shops and industries can be opened. Like other countries of the world which are going through the same situation, Pakistan is also wishing that people start their own business for a living, but at the same time ensure that the infection does not spread.
In this regard, the government has taken the right decision by approving the opening of offices and businesses four days a week, while the lockdown will be strictly followed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But Prime Minister Imran Khan was surprised when the Supreme Court Chief Justice took suo motu cognizance of the government's decision that shops and markets would be open seven days a week due to Eid. He said, "The people of our country are poor, so they need to earn a living."
While many people praised the Supreme Court verdict, some people have criticized the court's populist verdict saying that the CJI should have consulted medical experts before passing the verdict, as the market remained open for seven days. The infection will spread rapidly.
The CJI also ordered malls across the country to be opened, while the central and provincial governments had asked the malls to be closed in anticipation of increased congestion. The government of Sindh has strongly criticized this decision of the Supreme Court, saying that the Supreme Court should have kept in mind that the decision it has given comes under the jurisdiction of the government.
The Supreme Court's decision seems contrary to the World Health Organization's decision to declare Covid-19 a global pandemic. The reality is that the virus has infected more than 5 million people worldwide and the death toll has crossed three lakh. Writer and analyst Zahid Hussain says, "It is clear that the central leadership lacks sanity, and is not able to deal effectively with this existential crisis."
It has unnecessarily raised controversy by giving preference to the economy over the health of the people. Whereas the issue is to strike a better balance between these two. The latest court verdict and the wavering attitude of the central government have pushed the country into a chaotic situation in this difficult phase of the epidemic. '
The manner in which the famous religious leaders of the country have refused to accept the government's decision not to come to mosques and pray at home, also tells about the seriousness of the situation. In fact, in March itself, the religious gathering was banned with the intention of stopping the infection. The Punjab government's decision to approve the organization of the Tablighi Jamaat was severely criticized in the early stages of the outbreak as hundreds of people were infected. After that, under the pressure of the religious leaders, the central government had to allow the namaaz. While the government of Sindh continued the strictness of the lockdown to Jumme too.
In the same week well-known religious leaders and scholars have announced the resumption of the gathering during mosques across the country during the five-time Namaz. He believes that the government will not be deterred by his decision
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