‘Lockdown won’t be successful,’ Imran reiterates in address to the nation
PM creates coronavirus relief fund
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday faith and the young population of Pakistan would play a crucial part in the battle against coronavirus.
In his address to the nation, PM Imran also announced the formation of a "Corona Relief Tigers Force" — an idea he had mentioned in his prior speech as well. The force, he added, would aid the administration and the armed forces in containing the deadly virus.
The Prime Minister's Coronavirus Relief Fund which will open from Wednesday.
The Corona Tigers Relief Force which he said will make up for shortcomings in the country's fight against the virus.
SBP has decided to provide cheap loans to businesses that do not terminate their employees.
Ehsaas programme Facebook page will ask those who require ration as well those who want to provide charity to register.
Strict action will be taken against those who are hoarding products.
He said that a dedicated cell at the Prime Minister's Office was monitoring the spread of the virus.
He said the relief force would provide food to people at their homes across the country and educate them on the safety precautions against the COVID-19 virus.
PM Imran reiterated that he had not imposed the lockdown in Pakistan as the poor people would suffer. "If we cannot provide food to the people of the country, then this lockdown will not be successful," the premier said.
"Look at India. Their prime minister said sorry to the people today for imposing a lockdown," he added.
PM Imran also compared the relief package approved by the United States government with that of Pakistan, saying there was no comparison between the two. "I announced a relief package of $8 billion and the US announced a $2,000 billion," he stressed.
The nation, according to him, would battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with the help of two key elements: faith and Pakistan's young population.
"We have to combat coronavirus and use these two strengths to win the war [against coronavirus]," he said, adding that the government was opening an bank account under the name "Prime Minister Corona Relief Fund" to help provide assistance to those affected by the pandemic.
Noting that the account would be opened in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), PM Imran called on the people to donate generously and said no questions would be asked about the money donated.
"For those who deposit money in this account, the government will provide them tax relief," PM Imran said.
Stern action to be taken against hoarders
The prime minister said that when people hoarded products, their prices increased and as a result, the poor were left out.
PM Imran warned people from increasing prices artificially to earn profit. "Those who want to make money from the hunger of the poor, the state will take strict action against you. The state will make an example out of you," he added.