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Govt working on Financial Stimulus Package to help labour class: Firdous

Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says the government is working on a Financial Stimulus Package to help the labour class and daily wagers.

She was addressing a joint news conference with SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza and DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar in Islamabad on Thursday evening.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the package will soon be presented to the Prime Minister for formal approval. She said a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Finance Advisor Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh to devise a plan to avoid economic slowdown in the country.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said directions have been given to provincial governments to take strict actions against those elements, who attempt to hoard food and create artificial shortage of edible items.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Zafar Mirza said that Chinese health experts will interact with their Pakistani counterparts through video conference in next few days to apprise them about their experiences to fight the virus.

He appreciated the doctors, nurses and paramedics, terming them heroes of the nation. He assured that personal protection equipment will be provided to them.

The Special Assistant said a system to register the volunteers will also be introduced to counter any emergency situation.

He urged the public and media to avoid sharing fake news and unverified news on media.

In his remarks, Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar said Pakistan's armed forces are cooperating with federal and provincial governments to protect the nation from covid-19.

He said the armed forces are active and a medical plan of action has been devised to address the issue.

The DG ISPR said the armed forces are also supporting the civil administration at international airports.

Major General Babar Iftikhar lauded Radio Pakistan for creating awareness among masses about drastic effects of coronavirus.

(Akram/Haider/Abdul Rehman)