ISLAMABAD: Minister for Details as well as Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry claimed on Friday the Sindh government would not be enabled to enforce a total lockdown in the province as the federal government’s plan on controlling the spread of Covid-19 was crystal clear.
The High court had ruled that the provinces could not take unilateral choices in this regard, the minister mentioned while commenting on the Sindh government’s announcement about charge of a lockdown in the province.
In a declaration, Mr Chaudhry said that under Post 151 of the Constitution, Pakistan is a single market with the port of Karachi acting as the “throaty capillary of its economic situation”. Any move that might influence the nation’s economic lifeline could not be permitted.
The Sindh government had been provided a clear message that unilateral decisions might not be allowed in this respect, he said.
Mr Chaudhry was of the view that the alternative of enforcing a total lockdown was “not offered to any kind of provincial government”.
The policy regarding the Covid pandemic was created by the federation and also the National Command and also Control Centre as well as the provinces were bound to apply it, he said.
The minister said the federal government had actually “dealt with hard versus the infection” as well as had thus far handled to save numerous lives while keeping a steady economy.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, was of the opinion that a total lockdown would seriously impact the functioning class, particularly the everyday breadwinner. Had the Sindh federal government implemented the SOPs successfully, the situation in Karachi would certainly not be so grim today.