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Imran Khan seen without face mask, citizens ask whether rules apply to Prime Minister?

Imran Khan seen without face mask, citizens ask whether rules apply to Prime Minister?

Imran Khan seen without face mask, citizens ask whether rules apply to Prime Minister?

Islamabad recently announced fines for not wearing a face mask in public places but a picture of Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, showing him out with officials without one was posted online. Citizens were quick to ask whether "rules apply to him" and if the premier would be fined.

On May 31, the Islamabad district administration announced to impose a fine of up to Rs3,000 (Dh68) for not wearing face masks in public places, in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, the Pakistani Capital's Deputy Commissioner (DC) said.

Dr Zafar Mirza, Pakistan’s Special Assistant for Health, made the announcement on Twitter as well.

@zfrmrza, tweeted: “Facemasks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, public transport i.e. road, rail and flights. We have reviewed our guidelines for wearing masks and have added a mandatory section.”

However on June 3, Khan was seen visiting the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters and people noticed that he was the only one without a mask.

Soon after, people on social media criticised the premier for not following rules and tweeted at the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat, asking him to take action.

Shafqaat has been sharing posts of Islamabad authorities issuing fines and warnings to those who are not following government directives regarding coronavirus.

He has recently retweeted a post stating that 115 people were fined 83 shops were sealed for violations. 

Current coronavirus situation in Asia: 

Pakistan has officially identified over 80,000 cases of coronavirus, with 1,770 confirmed deaths. India and Pakistan have experienced their largest single-day increase in coronavirus infections, confirming more than 14,700 cases between them Friday, as the virus shows no sign of peaking in South Asia.

Each country now exceeds the number of reported cases from China, where the pandemic originated.

India, with the highest coronavirus count in Asia, reported 9,851 additional infections Friday. Its daily tallies are now higher than any country's except for the United States, Brazil and Russia. Neighboring Pakistan reported 4,896 new cases Friday. Its total of 89,249 cases has surpassed China's tally for the first time, with its most populous Punjab province accounting for the largest share of infections.

Headquarters Inter Services Intelligence along-with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi,Asad Umar & SAPM Dr. Moeed Yousuf. Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid,DG ISI received the PM on his arrival at Headquarters

Several citizens shared their own fine slips on social media platforms.

Twitter user @syedalibukhari shared a picture of a printed fine and wrote: “I was charged Rs. 1000 fine on not wearing the mask. What about PM?”

Pakistan is currently witnessing a rapid escalation in coronavirus cases and is struggling to fight the deadly pandemic and as per government analysis, the province of Punjab is especially impacted. 

Recently, a study presented by the Secretary of Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Muhammad Usman to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, stated that Lahore could currently have an estimated 700,000 cases. However, the government faced criticism for “ignoring” the report and easing restrictions.

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