Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a financial package of $7.5 billion to curb the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on economy.
In a press briefing, Khan ruled out a complete curfew in the country despite partial lockdowns in all provinces. “If I am living in Defence, I have a big garden, why would I care about how the poor people will be impacted?” Khan asked journalists.
Khan also announced concessions and tax refunds for exporters and businessmen so that they don’t have to bear the brunt of a slowing economy.
The premier said panic in Pakistan due to the growing coronavirus pandemic is more threatening than the virus itself. He said Pakistan does not have a strong economy like the West, but is still doing its best to combat the virus.
He also refuted claims that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was under prepared to fight the pandemic, saying that the government had started reviewing the situation back in January.
There are 892 coronavirus cases in Pakistan, with 7 fatalities.