Indo-Pak rapprochement, Modi sends greetings to Imran Khan on Pakistan Day

Grand military parade in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations to be held today

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sent greetings to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistan Day and conveyed his best wishes to the people of Pakistan in dealing with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Indian Prime Minister in a letter, sent through the Indian High Commission at Islamabad, said “as a neighbouring country, India desires cordial relations with people of Pakistan. For this, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative.”

The Indian prime minister who had earlier sent a message on Saturday of a “speedy recovery” to Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is suffering from the coronavirus, said, “at this difficult time for humanity, I would like to convey my best wishes to you and the people of Pakistan for dealing with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The grand military parade in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations will be held in Islamabad tomorrow (Thursday).

The contingents of the three armed forces and the security forces will conduct march past whilst fighter jets will present aerobatic maneuvers.

The parade was rescheduled due to inclement weather in the capital.

As per the notifications of the Deputy Commissioners of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, there will be a local holiday in the twin cities tomorrow in connection with the military parade.

It is noted that Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Wednesday announced that the educational institutions will remain closed in nine districts of Punjab and in Islamabad until April 11 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

 

The minister made the remarks while speaking to the media following the meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), held to review the situation.

 

Education ministers from all provinces attended the meeting, wherein the health department officials briefed the participants on the current situation.

 

“There is a rapid surge in the cases in some districts of Punjab, particularly Lahore, while the situation is the same in some areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu & Kashmir,” Mahmood added

 

“We have made the decision after thoroughly reviewing the situation caused by the infections.” He termed it the prerogative of the provincial governments and the AJK and GB governments to decide about the selected areas.

 

“Likewise, administrators and teachers may also take these decisions accordingly.” The minister made it clear that educational institutions include schools, universities, academies, seminaries etc.

 

Mahmood said that government will continue to review the situation and take steps accordingly.

On March 14, the government announced to close educational institutions of all grades in seven cities of Punjab, as well as in Peshawar and Islamabad for two weeks amid rise in the cases.

 

The cities of Punjab where the two-week spring vacations were announced included Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Gujrat, Sialkot, Multan and Rawalpindi.

 

On Monday, NCOC decided to increase restrictions with implementation of high-impact interventions in cities and districts having high positivity ratio till April 11 in a bid to curb the rising trend of cases during the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the country.

 

Earlier, on March 12, Federal Minister Asad Umar confirmed that the third wave of Covid-19 had started in Pakistan and attributed the rising number of cases to the virus’ UK strain.

 

As per the statistics, the confirmed cases currently stand at 637,042, while the recoveries total 586,228. As many as 13,965 have lost their lives since the beginning of the outbreak

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