Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shibli Faraz has said the
government will take along all the federating units to address the situation arising out of
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, he said the nation is faced with an
unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 and a collective response is required to meet it.
He said the government has given the concept of smart lockdown to protect the daily
wagers and labourers from the impacts of Coronavirus. He said the country cannot afford
a complete lockdown due to our economic situation. He said there is now greater
realization including in Sindh of striking a balance in the lockdown and the economic
The Information Minister said this is the first government which has taken practical steps
including that of Panagahs and Sehat cards for the well-being and protection of the
Shibli Faraz said it is the empathy of Prime Minister Imran Khan for the workers and
labourers that a mega Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program was launched in the wake of
coronavirus under which twelve thousand rupees are being disbursed amongst them.
He pointed out that industries such as construction have also been reopened to provide
livelihood opportunities to the workers.
Responding to a question, the Information Minister said a mechanism is being evolved to
ensure the salary protection of media workers.
When asked about the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Information Minister
said the government has effectively highlighted the lingering dispute at the world forums
including the United Nations.
Shibli Faraz expressed the commitment to transform the Information Ministry as per the
modern requirements. He said our plan is to enhance its outreach to the protection of the
national interests and image of the country.