Govt forms joint parliamentary body to fight coronavirus outbreak

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ISLAMABAD: Federal government on Thursday formed a joint parliamentary committee of treasury and opposition membersi in order to devise a national strategy against novel coronavirus, media reported.

According to the details, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser formed the 25-member body in consultation with Prime Minister Imran Khan and the opposition leaders.

The joint parliamentary committee is comprised 13 senators and 12 MNAs. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif, JI’s Ameer Sirajul Haq, JUI-F’s Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui  and others are included in the committee, said a notification issued by the NA Speaker Asad Qaiser

The joint parliamentary committee will monitor and review all the measures against the pandemic and its impact on the economy and will put forward its suggestions to deal with the virus.

Earlier on March 20, following the positive gesture by Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for PM Imran Khan, the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had decided to unite all the political parties in fight against deadly coronavirus.

As per sources, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser had been tasked to contact all the political parties in this context. Mr.Qaiser was expected to make contacts with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other political leadership that day.

The parliamentary committee that will include members from both government and opposition will also put forward suggestions after review.

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