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Pakistan to send chloroquine tablets to US, Saudi Arabia among others: Awan

Pakistan to send chloroquine tablets to US, Saudi Arabia among others: Awan

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that the federal cabinet has decided to send chloroquine tablets to "friendly nations" to help them in their time of need.

While briefing the media after a cabinet meeting in Islamabad, Awan said that one million chloroquine tablets will be sent to Saudi Arabia and United States each, 500,000 to Turkey and Italy each, 5m to the United Kingdom, 700,000 to Kazakhstan and 300,000 to Qatar.

The SAPM added that Prime Minister Imran Khan informed the cabinet that leaders of some countries had called him and expressed a desire to import the tablets from Pakistan following some encouraging results in treating the coronavirus.

"Pakistan has always been asking these countries for something or the other. So, for the sake of humanity and to improve Pakistan's credibility and face value, this is a good chance to help them in this time of need," she said.

She also revealed that Pakistan had some 40 million tablets in stock and possessed the raw material to make even more.

The SAPM also criticised the "opposition's role" in the pandemic, adding that a "political statement" was being made. She was referring to the National Accountability Bureau's warning to PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif on Monday, after which the opposition PML-N demanded “live broadcast of questioning from him” during his appearance on Wednesday.

The SAPM quipped that opposition members had suddenly started "gracing media screens" and became Shehbaz's representatives rather than of the people they were elected to represent. She advised them to talk to the people about "corona pains" rather than "NAB pains" and to help and support the government's efforts to deal with the pandemic.

More to follow.

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