There will be a complete lockdown in the province lasting three hours, from 12pm to 3 pm, would be imposed on Friday to limit Friday congregations, a spokesperson for the Sindh government said Wednesday, two days ahead of the weekly prayers.
Speaking to the press here in the provincial capital, Senator Murtaza Wahab said that the decision has been made in agreement with the ullema.
“All kinds of business activities would also remain suspended during this time. Anyone violating the government-imposed lockdown would face legal action,” he warned.
It is pertinent to mention here that hundreds of men had gathered for Friday prayers on March 27 despite the provincial government’s warnings that gatherings would promote to an exponential rise of locally transmitted coronavirus cases.
Although police officers were seen begging and pleading people to refrain from entering mosques, they eventually backed down in the face of a possible conflict.
Many of the ulemas and imams — prayer leaders — had consequently been booked for violating the lockdown order, however, these cases were withdrawn on Monday after religious scholars from a different school of thought met with Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah to express regret.
The provincial chief minister has requested ullemas “to keep weekly congregations limited to five people.