By Shakeel Ahmed
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari continues playing an active role to forge a national consensus for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan.
He contacted leaders of political parties to convene an all-party conference (APC) on the #COVID19 pandemic.
The Chairman PPP phoned the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (JUI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), PML-Q, Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Awami National Party (ANP).
He talked over phone with Shahbaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pervaiz Elahi, Akhtar Mengal, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Amal Wali Khan in this regard.
While talking to the leaders of various political parties, Bilawal Bhutto said that all political parties should come to the same page regarding mechanisms and measures to deal with and contain coronavirus in Pakistan.
Political leaders have agreed with the Chairman PPP to convene the APC over video link regarding coronavirus.
Pa Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while paying rich tributes to Shaheed Dr. Osama Raza has said that he has been martyred while trying to save the lives of others.
He condoled with the family of Dr. Osama Raza and said that he (Osama) was a hero of the nation and every person who sacrifices his or her life for humanity was a hero of the nation.
The Chairman PPP also paid rich tributes to doctors, nurses and all paramedical staff who are trying their best to save the lives of other human beings while putting their own lives at risk.
Bilawal Bhutto asked to make sure that all the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff are safe and working in a protected environment. Pakistan can only overcome this pandemic with the services of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, he added. Pakistani leadership requested the nation on Monday to exercise caution and remain in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 800 people in the country so far. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in his message to the nation on Pakistan Day, said that the political leadership of the country needed to demonstrate the spirit which was shown when the Pakistan Resolution was passed decades earlier.
“PPP is the actual flagbearer of the ideology of Pakistan and Pakistan Resolution,” said the PPP chairman. He added that as the coronavirus had affected the entire country, it was crucial that people took preventive measures.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah also delivered a message on his Twitter account, saying that this Pakistan Day, the nation can express unity by ‘staying apart’ to guard against the coronavirus. CM Punjab Usman Buzdar, in his message to the public, said that solidarity and self-isolation were the need of the hour on this Pakistan Day.
Meanwhile, CM Balochistan Jam Kamal, calling the day a cause of pride, said that the nation needed to show responsibility as a health crisis loomed on the horizon.
Earlier today, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan said in their Pakistan Day messages that the nation should demonstrate unity, discipline and passion in fighting the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the whole world. The president and premier also paid homage to the founding leaders of Pakistan and expressed unshakable support for the people of Kashmir. The nation is observing Pakistan Day amid lockdown in various cities to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 800 people and claimed six lives so far.