91 TJ members go home after negative virus testing

HYDERABAD: At least 91 Tableeghi Jamaat members who were put in quarantine in different mosques of Hyderabad left for their homes on Tuesday after testing negative for the coronavirus. Last month, Sindh Inspector General Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar had instructed all police officers to ensure that Tableeghi Jamaat members across the province remain in the Jamaat marakiz (centres) and to consider all such marakiz as quarantine centres.
The decision was made after 36 people tested positive for the coronavirus in Hyderabad’s Noor Mosque, where some 200 members were initially quarantined. Hyderabad Deputy Commissioner Fuad Soomro confirmed that the Tableeghi Jamaat members who left today were suspected patients and they were only allowed to leave after they completed the mandatory 14 days of quarantine and tested negative. He added that the members were provided transportation to take them home.
According to a notification issued from the office of the DHO, most of the members belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and had come to Hyderabad for routine preaching activities after the formation of groups during the Raiwind Ijtima. The DC had said however, that repeat tests would be done today per the health department’s SOP and if the result remained negative, they would be repatriated to their native districts.–Agencies