KARACHI: Government of Sindh has announced that Public Transport in the province will remain suspended according to the Minister for Transportation Awais Shah.
According to Minister Shah, the decision has been taken because coronavirus cases keeping mounting in the country and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government are not being implemented.
Earlier, many shops in the province were sealed after failure to comply with these standard operating procedures (SOPs) including Zainab Market, Victoria Market, International Market and Gul Plaza in Karachi Saddar.
The Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) has demanded from the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah that they should be allowed to operate their buses. The President of KTI Irshad Bohari even wrote a letter to the Chief Minister saying:
The poor transporters are passing through worst financial crunch,
Despite all of this, Sindh Government is not taking any risks and decided to keep Public Transport suspended in Sindh whereas Punjab Government is doing the completing opposite and basically ending the entire lockdown by allowing Public Transport to operate from Monday.
In order news, Punjab Government has even allowed shopping malls and auto traders to re-open from next week and operate as normal during the day on the condition that SOP’s ares strictly followed.
On the other hand, the Government of Punjab sealed several shops including the famous Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore after shopkeepers as well as public failed to follow these standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.