Govt can’t allow private labs to extort people: Buzdar

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice of fixing of different rates of corona test by private labs and price-hike and hoarding of oxygen cylinders.
In a statement on Thursday, the CM directed the Health minister and SH&ME secretary to fix the same price of corona test in private labs. The CM said the health department should facilitate the people by ensuring that a suitable test fee is decided and the decision is getting implemented. The private labs will not be allowed to loot the people. Similarly, availability of oxygen cylinders at fixed rates be ensured and legal action will be initiated against hoarders, the CM added.
CM CONDEMNS UNPROVOKED FIRING OF INDIAN ARMY ON CIVILIAN POPULATION: The CM has strongly condemned the unprovoked firing of Indian occupied army at the civilian population in Nikial and Bagsar sectors along LoC and expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the martyrdom of four citizens.
Usman Buzdar said that India is continuously violating all international laws and human rights treaties by targeting the civilian population. The aggressive Indian designs are a threat to regional peace and targeting civilian population is the most condemnable and cowardly act of the Indian occupied army, he said.
The armed forces of Pakistan have the full capability to give a befitting reply to the Indian aggressions and the Pakistani nation is also standing shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces, the CM concluded.
MPAs from different districts called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar at his office on Thursday and apprised him about the problems of their constituencies.
Talking on this occasion, the CM stated that development projects are being monitored by him to develop the backward areas adding that the government believes in composite development of the province. The MPAs are my lieutenants and their constituency-related problems will be resolved by the government, he said.
The genuine issues of parliamentarians will be solved at every cost, he asserted. Usman Buzdar said the worst-hit areas have been sealed to stop the spread of coronavirus and added that sealed localities will be opened after the areas are virus-free.
He asked the people to wear masks and maintain social distancing and announced that he will leave no stone unturned till the complete eradication of coronavirus. He said that governmental steps are aimed at protecting the lives of citizens and the people can continue their daily routine by the following SOPs.
The CM said that Rs 25 billion were issued to deal with coronavirus in the current financial year and added that huge funds have also been allocated in the next financial year. More high-dependency beds will be provided to the Punjab government, he added. He said the decisions are being made after daily review of the coronavirus situation in Punjab and it is regrettable that opposition tried to politicise coronavirus.
The opposition leaders have no passion for the ailing humanity and they have no fear of Allah nor any concern for the people. The nation will not forgive those point-scoring on human lives. On the other side, the government has made decisions with collective wisdom, the CM added.
Those who called on the chief minister included Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena, Sardar Shahabuddin Khan, Sardar M. Mohyuddin Khan Khosa, Ijaz Khan, Muhammad Ejaz Hussain, Muhammad Amir Anayat Shahani, Ghulam Ali Asghar Khan, Col (R) Ghazanfar Abbas Shah, Taimur Ali Lali, Bilal Asghar, Muhammad Ehsan Jehangir, Gulraiz Afzal Gondal, Saleem Sarwer Jora, Muhammad Arshad Chaudhary, Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Mian Shafi Muhammad, Asif Majeed and Chief Whip in Punjab Assembly Abbas Ali Shah.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of the mother of Babar Dogar, Secretary LPC and Director News (Punjab) Bol News. In his message, the CM extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.