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Govt Allows Muharram Processions After Meeting With Clerics

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The government has allowed Muharram processions and majalis to be held in the country with strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), after a meeting with the clerics.

The SOPs were fianlised during a meeting of the clerics with President Dr Arif Alvi. On the occasion, Dr Alvi praised religious scholars for extending assistance to curb the contagion during Ramazan and Eid-ul-Fitr, Express Tribune reported.

In a statement, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noorul Haque Qadri confirmed that the government has allowed the holding of majalis and processions during the sacred month. He added that proposed SOPs will be sent to the provinces after an approval by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in this regard.

Earlier today, Punjab Health Secretary Muhammad Usman warned against the second wave of the deadly coronavirus, saying “things can quickly spin out of hand,” if standard operating procedures (SOPs) are ignored on Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram. “Fear is growing that these signs could denigrate if people throw caution to the wind during Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram, as happened after Eid-ul-Fitr when the numbers skyrocketed within days.

According to latest statistics, the current number of confirmed cases in the country stand at 261,169. The number of recoveries across Pakistan is 183,737, while the total deaths are 5,505.

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