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CM Murad Orders Withdrawal Of FIRs Against Imams Over Lockdown Violations

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Monday directed the police to release all the prayer leaders of mosques, who were booked for violating the Sindh government’s ban on congregational prayers last Friday.

According to a news report published in The Express Tribune, the chief minister in a meeting stated that decision about banning congregational prayers had been taken in consultation with the ulema and leading doctors. But some people had violated the orders, leading to action being taken against them under the law.

“I am directing the Sindh Inspector General of Police to withdraw the FIRs registered against the prayer leaders and others all over Sindh,” the CM said. He also directed that those who had obtained bail from different court be given back their sureties.

CM Sindh said that the decision to limit congregations had been taken after a thorough discussion with all the stakeholders involved. “The objective is to save our people from this disease, and with the cooperation and support of the ulema, this has become possible,” he added.

The nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients has crossed 1,836 with 6 in Punjab, 627 in Sindh, 195 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 152 in Balochistan, 136 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 51 in Islamabad and six in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. To date, the virus has claimed 23 lives in Pakistan while 55 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered and discharged from the hospitals.

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