Islamabad: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has finalized its proposal to open industry and commerce on a phased basis on Tuesday.
The NCOC meeting was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. Asad Umar, the Minister of Planning, served as chairman and finalized the recommendations approved by the National Coordinating Committee after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting recommended that the Ministry of the Interior, in consultation with Ulyma, develop guidelines on Ramzan, covering Tarvi, Namaz, fasting congregation, iftar and salad, Juma Bazar, Ramzan Bar Zar’s arrangement, food distribution and collection of Fitlaner.
Regarding the country’s local manufacturing capabilities, the meeting recommended that the Ministry of Science and Technology, DRAP and NUST should finalize the decision to develop a test suite in China within 36 hours.
It was mentioned at the meeting that the Pakistan Engineering Commission is developing five types of ventilators and has submitted eight designs for approval. It is said that these ventilators have started clinical trials.
Coming to the railway, the meeting was informed that 7 trains have been converted into hospitals and isolation wards, while 26 trains are available throughout the country. In addition, there are 48 railway hospitals, including 12 large hospitals and 36 small pharmacies.
The meeting also discussed the plight of Pakistani citizens stranded in various countries. It is said that 1950 passengers will be brought back and it will take three months to bring back all stranded Pakistanis. It recommends segregating all passengers in accordance with the hygiene guidelines at the place of arrival. In addition to Sialkot, there are seven international airports that will be used to bring back stranded Pakistani nationals.
The NCOC requires the Ministry of the Interior to issue a notice to close the border, which will be extended for another two weeks from the date when the last notice expires. It recommended that the Wagah border be closed from 16 to 29 this month, the western border with Afghanistan and Iran be closed from 13 to 26 this month, and the Kartarpur corridor be closed from 11 to 24 this month.