As the death toll of Covid-19 patients crossed the 3,600 mark in the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reiterated that lockdown was not the solution to the pandemic, saying that if provinces had consulted him earlier there would have been no “strict” lockdown in the first place.
The prime minister said this while addressing a launching ceremony of three initiatives — all aimed at facilitating and empowering welfare organisations and enabling them to play a more coordinated role with the government in responding to the Covid-19 situation.
“The lockdown has created an unprecedented situation. If provinces had consulted me, I would have not allowed a lockdown. Panic was created that the virus will spread the way it had in Europe and Wuhan. Our circumstances are different, but a strict lockdown was imposed regardless,” he regretted.