Interior ministry wants SOPs adherence peacefully

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – May 21, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry, on Wednesday, cautioned the national command and operation centre (NCOC) against violations of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the occasions of Jumma-tul-Wida and Shab-e-Qadar.

According to an official statement, the NCOC meeting headed by, planning, development and special initiatives (PDSI) minister Asad Umar discussed the management of Juma-tul-Wida, Yom-ul-Quds, Eid prayers and SOPs, proposal for resumption of outbound flights, types and usages of ventilators and epidemic curve chart.

The interior minister brigadier (R) Ejaz Ahmed Shah informed the forum that certain violations had occurred in different districts on Yom-e-Ali where certain dignitaries led the processions though the provinces had agreed to not hold any.

The ulemas also announced to fully observe the occasions of Jumma-tul-Wida and Shab-e-Qadr.

He added that earlier there was 90 percent compliance of SOPs whereas at the moment there was no abidance of the guidelines.

The interior minister Shah noted that efforts be made to ensure the implementation of SOPs without resorting to force to maintain peace and stability.

He urged to convince ulemas for following the religious SOPs in the larger interest of the nation.

The chief secretaries of the provinces including Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) appraised the forum on the measures taken to manage mass congregations on Eid prayers and also to contain processions on Youm-ul-Quds.

The aviation secretary Hassan Nasir Jami briefed the NCOC that civil aviation was bearing over two billion rupees losses per week due to closure of airspace since March 21.

The aviation secretary told the forum that special flights organised by the Pakistan international airlines (PIA) will arrive Wednesday whereas inbound flights and airports were following the SOPs.

He added that there was no issue with the outbound flight operations as it will help recover the economic losses faced by the sector as the flying clubs were also going into loss.