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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Says Govt Did Not Consult Opposition On Coronavirus Policies

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Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbbasi on Wednesday strongly criticised the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) for not taking the opposition parties into confidence while making policies to counter the fatal coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The former premier, while addressing the floor of the House, said: They [federal government] remembered parliament after three months. The prime minister gave 12 speeches, could he not have consulted political leaders?” he inquired.

Abbasi commented on the government’s coronavirus lockdown policies and said that initially Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the lockdown would not be imposed. “Later, it was said that the lockdown was being eased, after which the government announced that it will now impose a smart lockdown,” he said.

Talking about the health protocols being implemented by the government, he said that in such situations, two policies were developed: a testing protocol and treatment protocol. “What is the testing protocol here? If I go to a hospital, I can get tested. Nowhere in the world is this allowed. We have a 19 per cent infection rate,” he told the National Assembly.

The PML-N senior leader further noted that four federal ministers addressed the House on coronavirus. “One person is the spokesperson. Here every minister is giving statements,” he added.

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