DG ISPR says Armed forces assisting civil administration to combat COVID-19

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar  said the Armed Forces of Pakistan were assisting the civil administration to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.

In a joint press conference along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza and SAPM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday, he said the armed forces were in action from the day one for implementing the decisions made by the National Security Committee and directives issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

DG ISPR said that the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had instructed all the formations of Pakistan Army to reach out to the civil administration at district and tehsil levels in their respective domains to control the crisis. “The armed forces are utilizing all resources to cooperate with the local administration to counter the pandemic.”

Out of ten airports in the country, he said, three were operating at present including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports where the armed forces personnel were helping out passengers’ screening. From March 21 morning, Sialkot, Multan and Peshawar airports would also go operational, where the passengers’ inflow and outflow would be jointly monitored by the armed forces and civil administration personnel also.

The armed forces and civil administration were collectively engaged in screening, scanning, facilitation and shifting of suspect cases at all the entry points of the country, he added. Moreover, he said, the army and the Rangers were also assisting in operating the health facilities at Sukkur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan.

Major General Babar Iftikhar said the scientists under the armed forces were working to manufacture safety equipment, including masks.

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