If the lockdown had been maintained, 71 million people would have fallen below the poverty line, the foreign minister said. Photo: File

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that today there is a smell of provincial bias but now only Pakistan card will work and not Sindh card.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he gave his youth to PPP, Bhutto and Benazir used to talk about the federation, PPP is the fragrance of the federation but today it smells of provincial bias. No Sindh card, no provincial card, only Pakistan card will work.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that when we softened the lockdown, we were criticized and ridiculed, on the one hand there is Corona virus and on the other hand there is economic crisis, we have to fight hunger and poverty with Corona. Despite the efforts of Murad Ali Shah, the lockdown did not go as it should have. If the lockdown had been maintained, more than 70 million people would have fallen below the poverty line.

Khwaja Asif

PML-N parliamentary leader Khawaja Asif while addressing the National Assembly said that do not give the example of Europe on corona virus because we have yet to get the pack there the situation has improved while Shah Mehmood Qureshi did not use the word Sindh card. Sindh should have done its best. If the issue of provincial autonomy had been resolved first, Bangladesh would not have been separated.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while addressing the National Assembly said that our Prime Minister should have become the Prime Minister of the country, he should not have become the Prime Minister of PTI. Reacting to Shah Mehmood Qureshi's address, he said that the foreign minister who was given the responsibility to explain the measures but he touched on the 18th amendment and Sindh. Today our Prime Minister is not in the House even though he is the Leader of this House and also the Minister of Health. This epidemic has exposed the reality of the world's great leaders. Leaders are identified in crises.

He said that so far 700 front line workers have been infected with the virus and 11 people have been martyred. First of all, the doctors greet Peer Medics. According to the WHO, the spread of the disease among paramedics is unprecedented in any country. The federal government and the state will have to provide resources to improve the health sector in all the provinces. The foreign minister's speech is not based on facts, we do not need any political point scoring.

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He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has low capacity to test so there are more deaths. We salute the Ministry of Health, Bureaucracy and Ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is also not being provided facility even though the testing capacity has increased there. We can test more than 5000 per day. Two laboratories have been promised but not one has been provided. Most added. Unfortunately, the ministers and people of our Sindh province have been degraded. Ever since this epidemic broke out, we have said that there will be no politics on this issue.

Opposition members walked out of the meeting as soon as the chairman's speech ended. After the speech of Federal Minister Murad Saeed, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the meeting till 12 noon on Wednesday.

Fawad Chaudhry refuses to attend the meeting

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had announced on Twitter that he would not attend today's meeting. He said that after the test positive of many members and staff, I have decided that I will not attend the session of the Assembly today. From the first day, I have been saying that the session on the video link was under pressure from the opposition. Made an unwise decision and put the country's political leadership in unnecessary danger.

This was said by Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandiwala yesterday Statement It was also revealed that my fears are proving to be true, now the virus has reached the corridors of Parliament, more members and staff are feared to be diagnosed with Corona, timely warning that no one in Parliament without a test. Not being allowed to enter, in the current situation, convening a meeting can have dangerous consequences.

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