KARACHI -- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that the federal government should limit itself to Islamabad if its policy during coronavirus crisis is that provinces should independently address their problems.
Talking to some news channels, the PPP chairman said the armed forces had supported and endorsed the Sindh government in its efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which encouraged the provincial government. The PTI government did not have the courage to touch the 18th constitutional amendment, while the PPP was ready to explain the matter to all stakeholders, he said.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari said the timely measures taken by the Sindh government prevented a situation like Italy, Iran, New York and Wuhan from arising in Pakistan, as other provinces followed in the footsteps of the Sindh government and the deadly outbreak did not spread rapidly.
He said that the Sindh government was trying to save the lives of the citizens, while the Sindh governor, who represents the federation, had been opposing the lockdown in Sindh.
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'The federal ministers said about the doctors on the frontline that they are doing politics at the behest of the Sindh government. Due to the double standards of the federal government, the coronavirus is spreading in the country and the number of victims is expected to increase significantly,' he added.
He said that personal protective equipment (PPE) had not been provided to doctors and the paramedical staff by the federation so far. 'Some masks and test kits have been provided by the NDMA to the provinces. So far, the provinces are meeting 90 per cent of the costs of the coronavirus crisis with their own resources, but the provinces alone cannot cope with this global pandemic. Due to non-cooperation of the federation, the provinces are facing great difficulties in fighting this deadly pandemic,' he added.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari said that he realised that the poor, working class people and daily-wage earners had been most affected by the coronavirus situation. He said at the moment, he was deeply concerned for their lives and their families'...