Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that people were not taking the Covid-19 threat seriously after the apex court’s remarks making it difficult for the administration to take measures to curb the deadly pathogen.
Advocate General Sindh endorsed the opinion saying the lockdown is no more effective as shops have been allowed to open.
However, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed stated that this was not owing to the apex court’s remarks but because police inspectors were permitting businesses to reopen after receiving bribes.
He further clarified that the Supreme Court did not make any remarks against the Sindh government.
“Even the provincial government is allowing government offices to reopen,” he stated.
The chief justice said that the SC was not concerned about the state’s expenses to overcome this pandemic but rather the quality of the services being provided to Covid-19 patients.
He referred to examples of SC employees who were initially tested positive in government labs but their tests from private labs came out negative.
CJP again expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s arrangements in quarantine centres.
He said the people were not getting potable water in quarantine centers, whereas cleanliness was also not being ensured.
The chief justice stated that people have complained of having to bring authorities to leave quarantine centres even after testing negative for the virus.
The Supreme Court in its remarks noted that the coronavirus was affecting a lot of people.
Justice Gulzar stated that the decision to open malls over the weekend was till Eid and the decision will be reviewed after Eid.
In his remarks, Justice Sardar Tariq clarified that Supreme Court’s decision to reopen malls was aimed at the Sindh government.
“Malls in the federal capital and Punjab were already being reopened,” Justice Tariq said, adding that since malls were reopening in most provinces it was only fair that they opened across Sindh too.
He elaborated that malls were far safer than markets since SOPs could still be followed in closed and limited spaces.
“The court shouldn’t be blamed for the reopening of malls,” he added.
Chairman NDMA appeared before the bench and briefed the court on the government’s response to the locust attack.
The hearing was adjourned till June 8.