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April 8, 2020

Attributing corona spread to any religious sect unacceptable: NA Speaker

National

April 8, 2020

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaisar said on Tuesday that attributing spread of coronavirus to particular religious sect or group of people was not acceptable.

“The coronavirus pandemic was a global issue and could be fought through joint efforts and national unity,” he said this in a tele-video meeting held in Parliament House between representatives of Tableeghi Jamaat from Raiwind.

Federal Minister for Interior Syed Ijaz Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri and Minister of State for SAFRON Shehryar Afridi were also present during the meeting. Representatives of ministries of Health, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Aviation Division were present during the meeting.

NA Speaker said that Tableeghi Jamaat had immense contributions for spreading Islam in the world. He said that Jamaat had always portrayed the real image of Islam which underlines peace, harmony and interfaith tolerance. He said that multiple factors lead to the spread of coronavirus globally and it should not be associated with any religious sect or group.

He said that government was cognizant of the concerns of people associated with Tableeghi Jamaat, thus important ministers and senior representatives their ministries had been called to listen and address problems and concerns of the Jamaat.

The representative of Tableeghi Jamaat thanked the Speaker for his initiative and informed that government functionaries had been very cooperative during this coronavirus problem.

He said that arrangements may be made to transport more than 1500 foreigners from different countries currently in Pakistan on Tableeghi mission back to their countries. He also suggested for allowing local people tested negative to leave for their native areas. He also informed that 500 Pakistani on Tableeghi missions aboard were stranded in different countries and arrangements may be made to bring them back to Pakistan.

The Interior minister assured that government of Pakistan would make all necessary arrangements for safe transportation of all the foreigners and stranded Pakistanis once data was available. He said that government of Pakistan was cognizant of the corona pandemic and was making all-out efforts to keep its citizens safe.

The Speaker appreciate the assurance of the Interior minister and constituted a committee under the convenership of Minister of State for SAFRON Sheryar Afridi with representatives of ministries of Health, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Aviation division to collect data of all foreigner in Pakistan and stranded Pakistanis abroad and suggest measures to transport them back home. The Speaker directed National Assembly Secretariat to notify the committee so that it could start its functions as soon as possible.

The Speaker also directed for associating representatives of four provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan with the committee in that regard.