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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif will distribute 10,000 safety kits and masks among doctors treating coronavirus patients in Punjab province, ARY NEWS reported. According to the party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, the party chief will handover the personal protective equipment to doctors from the Grand Health Alliance.
Reuters China has cancelled a UN Security Council meeting scheduled for Thursday in coronavirus-stricken New York as it seeks to encourage "votes by writing" while the pandemic rages on, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. The Security Council, currently chaired by China, has not met since March 12 due to the outbreak and is deeply divided over a proposed declaration on the crisis and holding "virtual" meetings to vote on resolutions.
Dr Amir Ali Khan checks his patient while donning a plastic bag A doctor in Pakistan?s northern province recorded his protest against the non-availability of face masks and gloves by donning a plastic bag, as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 1,000 in the country. Dr Amir Ali Khan, 30, works at the state-run Category-D Hospital in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
ISLAMABAD: Saudi authorities on Thursday barred Pakistan from finalizing agreements relating to Hajj 2020 arrangements amid coronavirus pandemic, ARY NEWS reported. According to a letter written by Saudi Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten to Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, Pakistan was asked to stop finalizing its agreements regarding housing, food and travel arrangements for now.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri on Thursday announced that the countrywide mosques would remain open amid coronavirus pandemic with limitations applied to congregation within their premises during five-time prayers and Friday prayer, ARY NEWS reported. The decision was taken after consultation with the clerics during a meeting with President Arif Alvi via video conference, said the minister who added that top religious leaders had assured their complete support for preventive measures announced by the government.
Pakistan on Thursday confirmed that it has stopped signing contracts for transport and hoteling for Haj this year after a letter from the Haj minister of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has asked Pakistan to not sign any agreement related to the upcoming Haj due to uncertain situation amid coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 20,000 lives across the world.
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said that the federal government has finalised the mechanism for dispatching its economic package which will ensure the provision of relief to the nationals amid the ongoing crises of coronavirus pandemic, ARY News reported on Thursday. Asad Umar, while addressing a press conference along with special advisers to prime minister (SAPM) in Islamabad today, said that PM Imran Khan is going to make major announcements regarding the economic aid package within a few days.
ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal said on Thursday around 50,000 coronavirus testing kits will arrive in Karachi tomorrow (Friday). Speaking at a media briefing alongside Planning Minister Asad Umar and Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, he said a plane is being dispatched to Wuhan, the origin of the coronavirus, to bring medical equipment, including fifteen ventilators.
Photo by author LONDON: A British Pakistani Imam and UK government's advisor on Islamophobia has been awarded damages and a full public apology after the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online falsely accused him of supporting Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Rizvi?s November 2017 Faizabad dherna and the hanging of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi.
Hundreds of foreign nationals are stranded in Pakistan after the country closed its airspace till April 4. To deal with this crisis, PIA had announced it will operate four special flights from Pakistan to Toronto, London, Manchester and Birmingham for the stranded foreign nationals. Customers were charged as much as triple the amount for a single journey due to the non-availability of other options but PIA has now cancelled those special flights.