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Tablighi Jamaat postpones Islamabad ‘ijtema’ amid surge in COVID-19 cases

ISLAMABAD: The Tableeghi Jamaat’s management has decided to postpone its annual ijtema (congregation) which was supposed to be held in Islamabad from April 1-4.

On a social media website Twitter, the Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed said that he had requested the religious organization to postpone the event owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“I am very grateful to the Management of “Tableeghi Jamaat” that ON MY REQUEST, they have postponed their annual ‘IJTEMA’ in Islamabad, scheduled from 1st to 4th April. The request was made in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the City. #NCOC #COVID19,” he added.

Islamabad has seen a rise in coronavirus cases as the third wave of the virus intensifies across the country. According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre, Islamabad has 6,126 active coronavirus cases while the number of dead from the infection has risen to 563.

Keeping in view the rising number of COVID-19 cases amid the third wave of the disease, NCOC head and Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had asked the provinces to ensure strict compliance of the COVID-related SOPs.

In a letter to the provinces, Asad Umar had said social and political gatherings were the main cause of the spread of COVID-19. He highlighted that people were not following SOPs issued by the NCOC to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the ceremonies.