Safron Minister Shehryar Afridi held a press conference wherein he appealed to higher-income people to contribute for ration bags that are to be distributed among poor people who have lost jobs due to a nation-wide lockdown.
Observing that coronavirus “does not differentiate on the basis of color, caste or religion,” Afridi said the virus is affecting everyone across the world.
Urging the nation to “turn away” from fake news and promote brotherhood, he said, “Tableeghi Jamaat has done a lot for peace around the world, the pilgrims are our Pakistani brothers. police, personnel of law enforcement agencies, doctors, paramedics — they are all working for the state and are the state’s responsibility.”
The annually-held mega religious congregation is accused of domestic transmission of the virus as it held gatherings despite repeated appeals from the governments to refrain from doing so in the wake of the epidemic. Yesterday, some 36 cases of secondary transmissions emerged in Hyderabad alone.