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CM Sindh suggests complete ban on inter-city transport

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is facing charges of misusing power. Source: FILE.

ISLAMABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah stressed that a complete lockdown should be enforced Pakistan to control the third wave of coronavirus.

“Do a lockdown or don’t do it, smart lockdown is nothing,” said the chief minister while speaking to the media in Islamabad after appearing before an accountability court in the Nooriabad power plant case.

The chief minister suggested that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) should suspend inter-city transport for two amid rising number of coronavirus cases. He added that the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic was dangerous. “I have antibodies yet I am still afraid of corona[virus],” he said.

He also slammed the ongoing countrywide vaccination policy, saying the government failed to procure the vaccine. He said the coronavirus situation did not worsen in Sindh due to the provincial government’s efforts.

He added the provincial government imposed a lockdown in the province despite the federal government’s opposing the move. He lamented said the country is headed for the crisis at a time when the world has come out of it,

He said he has been summoned in the Nooriabad power plant case that is not only operational but providing cheaper electricity to Karachi. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a reference accusing the chief minister of misusing powers in disbursement of funds for the Nooriabad power plant project.

The anti-graft watchdog stated that public funds were embezzled for Nooriabad Power Company and Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company. Murad and Abdul Ghani Majeed are among 17 people nominated in the corruption reference.