Islamabad: The federal government decided on Thursday to close all large markets in the country that violate standard operating procedures (SOPs) in response to a coronavirus pandemic.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill tweeted, “Under the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) decisions, several big markets across Pakistan will be closed today over violation of lockdown SOPs.
“Operation in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been initiated. We must follow SOPs in any case.”
Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik briefed the NCOC and stressed that irresponsibility is causing deaths. The epidemic can be controlled only by following SOPs, he said.
“Big markets in Punjab will be shut in the light of the NCOC decisions. Industrial areas, markets and transport will be bound to follow rules and fines will be imposed over violations.”
Jawad Rafique Malik also hosted an emergency meeting at the camp office and decided to strictly implement the SOP on COVID-19. He also stated that from now on, the criminals will no longer be relaxed and instructed all police officers to continue patrolling.