Federation, provinces submit replies in SC in coronavirus suo moto case
ISLAMABAD: The federal government and all four provincial governments on Saturday submitted a response to the Supreme Court (SC) explaining the measures taken so far to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The federal government in its report informed the court about the decisions taken in the National Coordination Committee. The NCOC decided to open phase two of the construction sector.
The meeting decided to keep several places, including shopping malls and wedding halls, closed till May 31.
The committee allowed the opening of small shopping malls for the convenience of the people.
The Punjab government in its report stated there was no fraud in the Zakat Fund. The Auditor General raised objections to the violation of rules in the distribution of funds and there were no allegations of theft or embezzlement in the Auditor General’s objections, it added.
It stated that in Punjab, after the introduction of agriculture income tax, collection of ushr on crops falls under the category of double tax. It was up to the provinces to legislate on health and law and order, it added.
The report stated that the provincial government launched Punjab Infectious Diseases and Control Prevention Ordinance 2020 for Public Health and law and order. The federal government gave the provinces the power to decide on lockdowns, the report added.
The report stated that the business activities were suspended in Punjab on the direction of the federal government.
Under Articles 143 and 149, the provinces were bound to comply with the directives of the federal government, it added. Lockdown was essential for public health and the situation could affect federal taxes, it added.
The report stated that there was no difference between the federal government and the provinces on the lockdown.
The health ministry in its report stated that offices, shopping malls, wedding halls or crowded places would remain closed until May 31. – APP