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Firdous Naqvi demands emergency be imposed in Sindh as COVID-19 cases cross 17,900

PTI’s Firdous Shamim Naqvi says nothing wrong with imposing governor rule in the province to counter deteriorating situation in Sindh. — Geo News/Screengrab via The News

KARACHI: An emergency should be imposed in Sindh as the economic situation has become alarming, opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi said Tuesday.

Addressing the media, the PTI leader said that the situation in Sindh is deteriorating rapidly, therefore, there was nothing wrong with imposing a governor’s rule in the province.

“Sindh government claims it has spent billions of rupees on the health sector, however, they have failed to present the accurate trail of the expenditure,” the PTI lawmaker maintained.

He said that the provincial government “has not yet shared a plan” on how it will revive Sindh’s economy that has been affected during the extended lockdown.

Naqvi went on to add: “We will soon hold a press conference with MQM parliamentary leader Kunwar Naveed Jameel in this regard.”

He alleged that the Sindh government was “violating the Constitution” and urged the federal government and the chief justice to take notice.

Referring to the adverse effects of the coronavirus on the economy, Naqvi said: “[If] meeting traders is a sin then we are responsible for committing such sins.”

He said that frontline workers, including doctors and paramedics, will be sent on holidays after the pandemic is over.

Last month, Naqvi had announced that he would challenge Sindh government’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020  in court.

Raising tensions between Sindh and the Centre, the leader of Opposition in the provincial assembly had said he “strongly condemned” the ordinance aimed at providing relief to people hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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