Opposition must refrain from playing with people’s lives: governor

LAHORE, NOVEMBER 21 — Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said on Saturday that the opposition should refrain from playing with people’s lives by holding rallies.

He shared the media with the special assistant of dr. Addressing Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan after he hosted a luncheon at the Governor’s House on Saturday, he said opposition rallies could lead to the widespread spread of coronavirus across the country.

He said the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was not holding rallies and large gatherings due to the pandemic, adding that it was not the right time for politics or rallies.

He said it had become the norm for the opposition to prioritize political and personal interests over national issues.

He said the whole world was going to shut down because of a coronavirus. He said protests and marches by the opposition were not in the country’s interest.

The governor of Punjab said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is very concerned about the common man. The prime minister has adopted the policy of smart closure and it has already yielded positive results, he added.

The government has already given a national plan on coronavirus in the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which was everyone’s responsibility to implement.

Earlier, when addressing the ceremony regarding Shan-e-Rehmatul-lil-Alameen, he said that the solution to all problems of Muslims was to follow the Holy Qur’an and the path led by the Holy Prophet Mohammed Peace to Him (PBUH) was given.

He said that non-Muslims also learn from the Holy Quran. “I have made it compulsory in all the universities of Punjab to study the Qur’an with translation.”

He said the doors of the Governor’s House were opened for deserving and needy children.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that if the opposition held a protest in the province, the law would run on its own. The opposition should work for the implementation of the standard procedures (SOPs) to prevent corona instead of holding rallies, she added.

The opposition put people’s lives on the line, she added. She said the coronavirus did not distinguish between the opposition and the government.

She said the Child Protection Bureau was a blessing to needy children.

She maintained that the Bureau plays an important role in the education and training of children.

She said children are the hope and future of the country, adding that the state will be the guardian of deserving children.

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