Troops have reached every corner of Pakistan to help enforce SOPs: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army troops have reached every corner of the country to help civil institutions in implementing the SOPs against the coronavirus. Addressing a media briefing in Rawalpindi on Monday, the DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the death toll was also increasing rapidly due to the severity and rapid spread of the epidemic.

Director General ISPR, Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the third wave of Corona is currently underway in the country, which is more dangerous than the first two waves.

The DG ISPR said that in view of the epidemic situation, as per the orders of the federal government, the Pakistan Army has been called upon to assist the civil administration under Article 245 across the country.

He said the Pakistan Army had brought about “enhanced deployment” of its troops in Islamabad, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Swabi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta and Muzaffarabad, as these cities were reporting a high number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis.

Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the meetings of all the provincial apex committees would be held once a week and we would all have to fulfill our collective and individual responsibilities.

The Pakistan Army spokesman said that as a nation we have to show more responsibility than before and implementation of precautionary measures is the only effective response against this epidemic.

Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said Pakistan Army had been deployed in the country to help thwart the coronavirus situation, adding that the decision was taken with all stakeholders on board.