Coronavirus outbreak: Punjab decides to summon military to tackle emergency

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LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has decided to summon the military in the province to tackle the situation emerged in the wake of the rising novel coronavirus cases, reported by Private TV Channel on Sunday.

Chief minister of Punjab has completed consultations with provincial chief secretary and other top officials of the province over the matter.

The provincial government has decided to send a request to the federal government for deployment of military troops in the province.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has in a statement said, his government will work to its utmost capability to protect the people of the province.

“The people will not be let unsupported in hard times,” Punjab chief minister vowed.

“The government will use all resources at hand to protect the people,” Buzdar added.

It is pertinent to mention here that the government of Balochistan has also written a letter to the federal government seeking deployment of military troops amid rising number of the novel coronavirus cases in the province.

The provincial government has sent a letter to the Ministry of Interior for deployment of the armed forces.

The letter seeks assistance of the military under Article 245 of the constitution to control the emergency situation caused by the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

The province has sought the military’s help to the civil administration in the serious health emergency.

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