Coronavirus: Army called in to assist civil administration amid outbreak

Islamabad: The federal government has called in the Pakistan Army to help in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The military will be deployed throughout the country as the coronavirus cases have surpassed 800 with six reported deaths.

According to the notification issued by Interior Ministry, authorization has been granted under article 245 of the Constitution and Section 131-A of CrPC 1898.

Similar notifications have been issued for Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over a Special Corps Commanders’ Conference on the issue of COVID-19 spread in the country. Corps Commanders participated through video link from respective Corps Headquarters.

As per the press-release issued by ISPR, all available troops of Pakistan Army and its medical resources across the country have been tasked to be ready to assist activities in concert with civil administration on short notice.

The Government of Sindh has imposed a 15-day lockdown across the province while Punjab government has also authorized a 14-day lockdown amidst a surge in locally transmitted coronavirus cases. Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also imposed a partial lockdown to contain the virus spread.