LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday accused the federal government of ignoring the provinces amid the coronavirus outbreak and demanded a daily meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CII).
In a statement, the National Assembly (NA) opposition leader said that there was transparency in the distribution of resources to the provinces. “In February, all provinces and the federal capital demanded protective gear for their medical workers but the prime minister flatly turned down their request,” he claimed, adding that the “premier and his team had been unable to carry out this basic and essential task”.
He said that had the government given Rs2.5 billion to the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), things would have not been this tense. “The provinces constantly raised their voice over the matter but the prime minister and his cabinet committed criminal negligence by not approving their request,” he added. He demanded that doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff of all provinces must be provided with protective gear and other essential items immediately
The PML-N president also expressed deep concern over the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country during the past 48 hours. “This jump from hundreds to thousands is extremely alarming and by the time this government understands the trend of coronavirus infections, it might be too late,” he warned.
Shehbaz further claimed that the government and the prime minister have no strategy to fight the hard war against the pandemic.