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SC to takes up coronavirus suo motu case today

SC to takes up coronavirus suo motu case today
April 20, 2020 06:05 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) will resume hearing of a coronavirus suo motu case today (Monday) and the steps being taken by the health authorities to curb the spread of the epidemic. A five-member larger bench of the apex court — headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed — will hear a suo motu case on the coronavirus situation in the country. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed are also on the bench. Senator Rehman Malik, a PPP leader and the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior chairman, will apprise the top court on the matter. During the last hearing, the apex court had expressed dissatisfaction on the performance of the authorities to deal with the ongoing health crisis and questioned credentials of Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza. Advocate General for Sindh Salman Talibuddin submitted a comprehensive report to the Supreme Court explaining the steps taken by the provincial government to save people’s lives. Defending the measures to seal off the 11 Union Committees of Karachi, the report said the affected areas will remain sealed off until the incubation period of the virus is over. The AG informed the SC that an isolation centre with a capacity of 1,200 patients has been established in the city with the help of Pakistan Army.

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