Pakistan Army holds special meeting to consider Coronavirus situation

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RAWALPINDI: The top military brass on Sunday held a special meeting to discuss the measures taken by the military to support the federal government and provincial government in the fight against the coronavirus.

According to the Inter-Service Public Relations, the corps commanders took part in the meeting via videolink. The commanders expressed resolved that the army was ready to assist the government in its efforts to contain the pandemic. It may be noted here that Punjab and Balochistan government have sought the army’s help to impose the lockdown in the provinces.

On Saturday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed the Pakistan Army to fast-track operations to help out the civil administration as the country grapples with a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

“As a follow up of National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting on March 20 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and COAS’ meeting with PM, the COAS directs for stepping up Army’s assistance to civil administration for containment of COVID-19,” the ISPR had said in a statement.