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Opposition, Govt Trade Barbs Over Handling Of Coronavirus In NA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal on Friday lashed out at the government for its incompetence to deal with the coronavirus crisis in the country.

During the National Assembly session held to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country, opposition leader Ahsan Iqbal criticized the government for failing to come up with a defined strategy to deal with the pandemic.

“It has been three months since the first coronavirus case emerged in Pakistan and the government is still unable to share its economic and healthcare policies with the Parliament,” he stated.

He further lambasted the government for using the current situation for political point-scoring.

“The prime minister is not just inexperienced but incompetent,” he maintained.

“Inexperience is not a bad thing, people learn, however incapable do not,” he said adding that the crisis called for the prime minister to unite people and bring them on the same page but instead he only went about criticizing the Sindh government.

He pointed out that none of the state ministers were present in the session to respond to the opposition’s queries.

The former planning minister also called out the government for appointing advisors from the security forces.

“This is the government’s way to hide its incompetence and blame the national institutions for its failures,” the PML-N leader stressed.

He further asked the government to share details of the funds and the debt relief the country has received.

Iqbal asked the government to facilitate the return of stranded Pakistanis abroad so that they could spend Eid with their loved ones.

The legislators then traded barbs after Aviation Minister Malik Ghulam Sarwar called for across-the-board accountability.

“I have been in politics for four decades,” Sarwar said in the National Assembly. “I presented myself and my entire family for accountability as it is necessary. It is essential for those in government and those who had enjoyed being ministers for many times in the past.”

Briefing the house on the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis, the aviation minister said thousands of Pakistanis including students, workers, members of Tableeghi Jamaat, and pilgrims, from across the globe have been repatriated.

He said Pakistani prisoners from Oman and the United Arab Emirates were brought back free of cost.

“Aviation Division operated 181 inbound flights and took over 25,000 passengers to their destinations in 27 countries,” and added that around 250 students from Wuhan and China will be repatriated through a special flight on Monday.