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March 27, 2020

Practise safety

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March 27, 2020

In the past, people in this part of the world have faced many famines, epidemics and other disasters. There were diseases which had no cure, and droughts so bad that people would die of hunger. One such disease in the past was tuberculosis (TB), which required people to be isolated. Isolation is one thing that seems to be the most daunting thing to achieve in this part of the world. However, death and misery eventually taught people the lesson to practice caution.

Covid-19 has exposed how weak and hollow the so-called superpowers are. They also find themselves as exposed and as vulnerable as anyone else. Their systems are failing and their scientific prowess also seems no match to this virus for now. In our country, I see people failing to isolate, taking it lightly – more so in Punjab than any other province. Despite government requests, people are not following the protocols to socially distance. It is imperative that our religious leaders, scholars, politicians, and the educated elite are one in sending the message across to people. This is not the time to test our ignorance or try to prove religious righteousness by defying the instructions to curb Covid-19. Follow the principles of cleanliness and socially distance if needed. We must on the one hand keep our principles of caring and sharing to look after others and help the poor and needy. On the other hand, we must do so following the precautions required to fight this ugly beast. I hope and pray that we will win this fight by being one nation and by doing the right things at the right time.

Raja Shafaatullah

Islamabad