ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed predicted that the situation will worsen further if Pakistan heads towards lockdown due to coronavirus, media reported on Sunday.
Sheikh Rasheed, while talking to private TV Channel special transmission, claimed that it is difficult to ask people staying inside their homes and the situation will worsen further if the country goes into a complete lockdown. The minister predicted that he is foreseeing deteriorated situation in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he clarified that the federal government is fully ready to cope with the current situation amid COVID-19 threat. He rejected that the markets across the country are facing any kind of shortage of food items.
Rasheed said, “I went shopping today where I witnessed complete availability of flour, pulses, sugar and other commodities. I am sure that the nationals cannot be stopped to stay inside the home through police forces until we call the military for implementation of such orders.”
He added, “I find picnic points around Rawal Dam packed with people.” While elaborating the government’s efforts to fight coronavirus, Rasheed said that the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser is working efficiently to bring all political parties to the table for making a consensus over the crisis.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the countrymen on government strategy and current development with regards to the global coronavirus pandemic.