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PM Imran Khan announces two-week extension in partial lockdown

PM Imran Khan announces two-week extension in partial lockdown
April 14, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the ongoing partial lockdown will continue for two weeks. Expressing his views after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Tuesday, he said that educational and sports activities will remain suspended for two weeks. He announced opening of the construction industry and other industries from today. “We will announce a package for the construction sector,” he declared. The prime minister warned the profiteers of strict action if they tried to make money during Ramazanul Mubarik. “I will consult Ulema about Ramazanul Mubarik. We are introducing an ordinance to check smuggling and profiteering. Strict punishments will be awarded to the owners involved in profiteering,” he declared. He said that there is fear of wheat and dollar smuggling. Imran Khan also announced to bring back all Pakistanis stranded in different countries. Earlier, the federal government, with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, had recommended extension in the lockdown until April 28. However, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) will make the final decision on the matter today. Meanwhile, the cabinet also approved the decisions made by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). It waived off the advance income tax on the commission of the agents of Ehsas Emergency Cash Programme. The cabinet deferred the increase in the amount of the EOBI pensioners. It also endorsed the decisions made by the Committee for Legislative cases. The forum also approved the handing over the control of Islamabad Marghzar’s Zoo to the Ministry of Climate Change.