Pakistan responded positively to Modi’s proposal, acknowledging that coordinated efforts were needed to minimise the threat posed by the deadly coronavirus.
Islamabad: Pakistan has said it will take an interest in a video meeting of SAARC part nations proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to battle the quick spreading coronavirus pandemic that has murdered more than 5,000 individuals universally.
PM Modi connected with the eight-part provincial gathering on Friday and pitched for a video meeting among the pioneers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to chalk out a solid procedure to battle coronavirus flare-up.
Pakistan reacted emphatically to Modi’s proposition, saying it was prepared to take an interest in the gathering, recognizing that organized endeavors were expected to limit the danger presented by the lethal coronavirus.
“We have conveyed that SAPM (Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister) on Health (Zafar Mirza) will be accessible to take an interest in the video gathering of SAARC part nations on the issue,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a tweet on Friday.
Mirza is driving Pakistan’s crusade against the infection.
In a progression of tweets, Modi stated, “Our planet is doing combating the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At different levels, governments and individuals are attempting their best to battle it. South Asia, which is home to countless the worldwide populace should investigate every possibility to guarantee our kin are solid.”
He included another tweet: “I might want to recommend that the authority of SAARC countries chalk out a solid system to battle Coronavirus. We could talk about, by means of video conferencing, approaches to keep our residents solid. Together, we can set a guide to the world, and add to a more beneficial planet.”
Modi’s proposal was supported by all part conditions of SAARC. All the pioneers of the gathering invited the Prime Minister’s proposition. Pakistan’s reaction to the proposition arrived behind schedule around evening time.
On Thursday, Farooqui had said Pakistan was prepared to collaborate and stretch out any help to its neighbors to manage coronavirus.
The tale coronavirus began in China’s Wuhan city in December a year ago and has executed more than 5,000 individuals and tainted more than 134,000 all around. China remains the most exceedingly awful hit with 3,189 passings and 80,824 affirmed instances of disease.
No passing has been accounted for in Pakistan while two people have kicked the bucket in India because of the illness. Up until this point, 28 instances of coronavirus have been accounted for in Pakistan and there are 83 affirmed cases in India.
Pakistan’s powerful National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday took a few choice to help endeavors to crush the danger presented by the infection.
In addition to other things, it chose to shut down the western outskirt with Afghanistan and Iran.
As indicated by NSC, the Kartarpur passage will stay open for Indian pioneers, yet has been shut for Pakistani guests.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday described the COVID-19 flare-up as a “pandemic” and communicated profound worry over its “disturbing levels” of “spread, seriousness, just as inaction”.