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WHO impressed by Pakistan’s commitment to establishing temporary isolation units

On Wednesday, April 22, 2002 the World Health Organisation (WHO) through its twitter account said that they are "impressed by the progress being made" by certain countries, among which was Pakistan for its "commitment to establishing temporary isolation units"   https://www.dawn.com/news/1551333/who-impressed-by-pakistans-commitment-to-establishing-temporary-isolation-units-dr-tedros...

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COVID-19 – CJP takes Suo Motu notice of government measures to battle coronavirus – Supreme Court of Pakistan

On Friday 10 April 2020, Chief Justice of Pakistan took a suo motu notice of the government's insufficient facilities to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The five-member bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed held the first hearing. The court issued notices to the attorney general and additional attorney general of Pakistan as well as AGs of all four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Secretaries of interior and health have also been served with notices along with chief secretaries of all...

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Lahore High Court (LHC) – Notification – Lawyers can sent written arguments to court during lockdown measure for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – (18.04.2020)

A circular issued by Lahore High Court (LHC) Registrar on Saturday 18.04.2020, states that the lawyers as well as litigants have been facing difficulties to attend court proceedings due to the lockdown and it is not predictable as to how much time is required to get back to normalcy. It says in specified matters, the lawyers may send the brief of their cases/written arguments along with the relevant material to the court through mail or email at the principal and all regional seats. The presence of lawyers and government law officers shall not be required in the courts and similarly except in...

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Response of SAARC

On 15 March 2020, the Indian Prime Minister hosted a videoconference about the coronavirus pandemic with the eight-member countries of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). At the meeting, India’s prime minister launched a COVID-19 emergency fund with an initial contribution of $10 million. The fund has since collected voluntary contributions of more than $8 million from most SAARC members. The national leaders also proposed collective ways to combat the pandemic. For instance, Afghanistan suggested that SAARC adopt a shared telemedicine framework to provide health care to remote areas.  Maldives called for closer cooperation among national health emergency agencies and a long-term...

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Pakistan – Court Decisions regarding Release of Under Trial Prisoners amid COVID-19

Decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC) regarding the release of under trial prisoners On March 20, 2020 the IHC Chief Justice Minallah ordered the issuance of bail for prisoners who were facing trial for minor crimes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after hearing a case regarding 1,362 prisoners incarcerated in crowded jails. IHC Chief while stating his concerns said that the coronavirus outbreak had worsened in China after it spread among prisoners. He said that the prisons in Pakistan were in dire straits and if any prisoner becomes infected; the situation would get out of control. Detailed Judgment dated 05.04.2020: Detailed Judgment...

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Federal Government submits a report of National Action Plan sought by Supreme Court (SC)

On 4 April 2020, the Government of Pakistan submitted a report, sought by Supreme Court regarding the National Action Plan to combat Coronavirus. The report states that the number of cases in Pakistan was lower than European countries and Iran at the end of the 35-day period (which was from, Feb 26 to Apr 1). Pakistan may face up to 50,000 coronavirus infections by April 25, with 7,000 of them being critical in nature. The report also states that the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC) started early preparations to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic which includes establishing...

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Pakistan – Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) advises Government on COVID-19

On 2 April, 2020 the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) advised the government not to arrest imams of mosques while enforcing restrictions on prayer congregations. The CCI further stressed on authorities to seek the imams' cooperation so that they become a part of the government's campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19. (The Council of Islamic Ideology is a constitutional body that advises the legislature whether or not a certain law is repugnant to Islam, namely to the Qur'an and Sunna) ...

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United Nations (UN) Report – The Covid-19 Shock to Developing Countries, including Pakistan

United Nation conference on trade and development report titled The Covid -19 Shock to Developing Countries states that developing nations, including Pakistan, will be hit hardest by the economic shockwaves caused by the novel coronavirus crisis that has shaken the world and will need a support package to cope with the damage. Report further states, these countries, including Pakistan need a $2.5trillionsupport package this year to face economic crisis. Their economies will take “enormous hit” from high capital outflows, lost export earnings due to falling commodity prices and currency depreciations, with an overall impact likely worse than the 2008 crisis. The required measures included...

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