No chance of a countrywide lockdown: Asad Umar

There is no chance of a countrywide lockdown in Pakistan, Federal Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said.

“We warned a week back that if timely precautionary measures are not taken, the fourth wave of coronavirus can hit the country,” he said in an inauguration ceremony of the National Youth Council.

Umar ruled out any possibility of a national lockdown. “The government may, however, consider imposing smart lockdowns in areas where cases are increasing.”

The NCOC has written a letter to the election commission in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “We have seen multiple Covid-19 SOP violations in the valley.”

The commission has been instructed to take notice of the violations, the minister pointed out, adding that the government has suggested the polls be delayed by two months.

Kamyab Jawaan Programme

Umar has promised that people will only be enrolled in the Kamyaab Jawaan Programme on merit. “The National Youth Council has been established on orders of the prime minister.”

It will give enable students across the province to remain in contact with the government, he said, adding that it is important for the youth to participate in policy formation.

“The young generation should be confident of themselves and open their minds by gaining as much knowledge as possible,” Umar added.

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