LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan cannot sustain with complete lock down for a long time as its 25 % population is living below the poverty line.
He was addressing a news conference after chairing an important meeting in Lahore to review coronavirus situation.
The Prime Minister said that it is very easy for rich countries to proclaim lockdown; however, Pakistan cannot close down business activities because our poor people including laborers earn their livelihood by daily wage jobs.
He said that if we do not take care and adopt precautionary measures, the Coronavirus will spread rapidly.
He said that many people are not taking this disease seriously and behaving irresponsibly due to which the virus is spreading rapidly.
Imran Khan warned that we have to ensure the implementation of SOPs otherwise stern action will be taken against the violators.
The Prime Minister said that if we enforced strict lock down, we have to face India like situation where 34 % people are starving due to lockdown.
He said we will focus on hot spots for curbing the Coronavirus instead of enforcing it.
About the federal budget, he said that people can understand the height of difficulties confronted by the government due to Corona crisis while preparing the budget for next financial year.