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Pakistan Army to assist civil administration to get Covid SOPs implemented: Rashid
April 25, 2021

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says Pakistan Army, at a critical time, has been given responsibility to assist the civil administration to get implemented the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video message on Sunday, he said to this effect, a notification has been issued under which Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad Capital Territory, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir can sought services of military troops as per their needs for implementation of SOPs in the wake of increasing Covid cases in the country. He said Sindh has so far not been included in this scheme.

The Interior Minister said that the decision to seek services of the Army regarding implementation on SOPs was taken at a meeting of the National Coordination Committee held on Friday last with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. He said Pakistan Army has always stood by the nation during critical times, including catastrophes, floods, and earthquakes.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said around 400,000 Covid cases are being reported in India on daily basis, making the cremation centers and graveyards equally busy. He said in view of such a situation, Pakistan Army has been assigned the task to get SOPs implemented to contain spread of the contagion.