Karachi, March 27 | Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces have banned congregational prayers at mosques in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Friday.
Of the 1,193 confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Sindh has reported the highest number at 421, while Balochistan has registered 131 infections, reports Dawn news.
On Thursday, the Sindh government announced suspension of congregational prayers at mosques, including Friday congregations, to maintain social distancing.
Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister Barrister Muratza Wahab said the government had made the decision after consultation with clerics of all schools of thought.
“Major decision by the Sindh government. To contain spread of coronavirus, people can no more offer prayers at mosques,” he said in a tweet. “Only staff of mosques of maximum five people can offer prayers at mosques.”
The provincial Information Ministry said the ban on congregational prayers at mosques would remain in place till April 5.
In Quetta, a late-night notification issued by the Home and Tribal Affairs Department said the Balochistan government had banned Friday prayers across the province at mosques with immediate effect, Dawn news reported.
Mosques will remain open but only five people could perform the prayers, including the prayer leader and four others.
It further said that people would perform all prayers at their homes.
Pakistan has also reported nine coronavirus deaths as of Friday.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”