Restrictions loosened for key industries in Pakistan
Islamabad: Pakistan government has relaxed the restrictions on an array of industries across the country as a measure to curb the economic fallout of a continuing lockdown placed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had already announced that the construction industry would be the foremost among other industries that would be allowed to reopen operations. It should be noted here that the operations of the construction have been resumed from April 15, i.e. Wednesday.
The lockdown has been extended till April 30 on all public gatherings and the closure of educational institutions and non-essential businesses. Addressing the situation, PM Khan said, “"We were aware that if you suddenly close down a country, then different classes, especially the poorer classes – all of those people, small shop owners, pushcart sellers, all suddenly became unemployed.”
The industries that will be allowed to operate include cement, fertilizer, Commerce, glass manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, paper and packaging, and mines. Previously, only grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and essential services were allowed to operate.