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Azad Kashmir PM announces virtual lockdown

Azad Kashmir PM announces virtual lockdown

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider took several decisions on Tuesday to enforce a virtual lockdown of in the territory to save its inhabitants from the looming novel coronavirus threat.

Giving details of the decisions, Senior Minister Chaudhry Tariq Farooq told Dawn that it had been decided that inter-provincial public transport would be allowed to ply until April 5, but people travelling to and from AJK in their private vehicles would not be stopped.

Similarly, he said, army, police, health department vehicles and goods-laden lorries would not be stopped.

Intra-state public transport would also continue to ply as per schedule, he said, but expressed the hope that people would avoid unnecessary travel in the interest of their safety.

The senior minister said that except those affiliated with the emergency services, such as health, police, civil defence, state disaster management authority, home department and members of the teams constituted by deputy commissioners to perform different functions with regard to prevention of coronavirus, all other government servants would not attend their offices until April 5.

The superior and subordinate judiciary would also remain closed during this period, he added.

Published in Dawn, March 18th, 2020

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