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Imran Khan can’t keep Pakistanis away even from shut mosques. It’s coronavirus vs ‘faith’

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Fearing backlash, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has not been able to ban people praying in mosques, leading to increased risk of coronavirus spread.NAILA INAYAT26 March, 2020 File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook | Imran Khan
Here’s an anecdote that will explain to the world how Pakistanis are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, I met a coronavirus-enlightened Uber driver in Lahore. He was wearing a face mask, regularly using hand sanitiser, encouraging his passengers to also do the same. He made rather compelling points on why people should stay home and how social distancing is the key to not catching the virus. At the end of the ride, he asked me which is the closest mosque where he could offer his Friday prayers?Social distancing in Pakistan is good but when it comes to coronavirus jo Allah ki marzi.Also read: Pakistani designer panned after her husband sends Covid-19 positive cook back to village
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Pakistan seeks USD 3.7 billion loan as coronavirus cases rise to nearly 1,200

Pakistan has sought USD 3.7 billion additional loan from three multilateral creditors to cope with the economic crisis being posed by the coronavirus outbreak, as the pandemic spread further in the country, infecting nearly 1,200 people and killing nine so far.
Press Trust of India March 27, 2020UPDATED: March 27, 2020 00:36 IST Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (File Photo) Pakistan has sought USD 3.7 billion additional loan from three multilateral creditors to cope with the economic crisis being posed by the coronavirus outbreak, as the pandemic spread further in the country, infecting nearly 1,200 people and killing nine so far.In addition to USD 1.4 billion loan from the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will extend loans of USD 1 billion and USD 1.25 billion respectively to the country, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said at a news conference on Wednesday.Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier announced a Rs 1.2 trillion economic relief…

Is Islamabad’s Pathetic COVID-19 Response In Balochistan Motivated? – OpEd

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March 27, 2020Nilesh Kunwar  0 Comments By In times of coronavirus, when rumour mills are working overtime and social media is pregnant with stories of sinister plots and intrigue, one has learnt to be more discerning when it comes to believing conspiracy theories.Perhaps that’s why I didn’t think much of a piece titled ‘Pakistan is using Coronavirus as a Biological Weapon against Balochistan’ written by Dr Murad Baloch that appeared in the media last week. I would probably have missed out the weighty import of Dr Baloch’s incisive insight had Pakistan Health Minister Zafar Mirza not tried to use the SAARC video conference forum on coronavirus to rake up the issue of Kashmir in a rather fatuous manner.However, it was a comment by a reader advising Mirza to focus more on tackling the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan rather than worrying about Kashmir that got me thinking. After seeing a proud man like Prime Minister Imran Khan literally going down on his knees…

Sindh-Balochistan border sealed off

SHIKARPUR: The Sindh-Balochistan border on Thursday was sealed off to control the further spread of coronavirus.According to the police, the border had been sealed off after which a heavy contingent of police had been deployed there while vehicles going to Sindh and Punjab were also being also been stopped at different points.It may be noted that there is a lockdown in all four provinces, as well as Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Kashmir.Inter-city transport between the provinces and the nationwide train service has also been suspended till March 31

Eleven new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Balochistan

by  on  Eleven more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in result of test processes on Thursday and number of affected patients of the virus have been reached to 131 in Balochistan.According to Balochistan government's spokesman Liaqat Shahwani, so far, a total of 1455 corona virus tests have been done in which 131 cases of test were declared positive in province, while 1159 of them tests have been affirmed negative during test process.While 131 people of test results are yet to be come, he said saying all patients were shifted to hospital where they were being provided all better treatment facilities for ensuring their early recovery of health.He said each and every measures are being taken to cope the spread of the outbreak by provincial government under leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal Khan, saying efforts were also underway to provide facilities to underprivileged people in the province during lockdown.The spokesman sa…