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PM Imran Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Mask In Public

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Three days after the government’s decision to make wearing masks in public ‘mandatory’, Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing criticism on social media for not wearing a mask during his visit to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters on Wednesday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) official account posted the premier’s photo on Twitter, wherein it can be seen that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa, Director General ISI General Faiz Hameed, and all other officials were wearing a mask except the prime minister.

“Face masks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, and public transport ie road, rail and flights. We have reviewed our guidelines for wearing masks and have added a mandatory section,” said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday.

Twitterati have been calling out PM Imran for not setting an example for general public during the national crisis.

Last month, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill gave a remark on PM Imran not wearing a mask, implying that going around without masks during the coronavirus outbreak is an act of bravery. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was fighting [coronavirus] on the front-line without wearing any mask. “I am happy to have gotten a chance to work with a brave leader in these tough times.”

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