On Sunday, Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives stated that the Federal Government would retaliate against the Sindh government over the issue of “wheat theft,”.
When asked about the wheat issue during a news conference held here at the Insaf House Karachi, the federal minister stated that it will be raised in both the National and Sindh Assembly.
“According to the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Rs20 billion worth of wheat was stolen in Sindh,” he claimed, adding that wheat in Sindh is sold at a cost of Rs300 to Rs350 per 20kg as compared to wheat in Punjab.
Speaking about the buying of Covid-19 vaccines, he stated that the federal government had spent Rs250 billion on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and that every person had been immunized without any discrimination.
Asad Umar cautioned that the likelihood of a fifth wave Covid wave in the country was increasing as the number of Omicron cases increased. He asked the public to use face masks and follow the government’s standard operating procedures.
As part of his remarks on the newly passed Sindh local government amendment law, the minister stated that an autonomous local government structure was required.
On Monday, Asad Umar Sunday, Director of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), stated in an interview that they now have conclusive evidence that a new wave of COVID-19 has hit the country, with Omicron instances on the rise, particularly in the Karachi area.
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For his statement, Asad Umar took to Twitter, stating that there is “concrete proof” of the commencement of another Covid wave, which has been anticipated for the past few weeks.
According to him, “Genome sequencing has revealed an increase in the proportion of omicron cases, notably in Karachi.” He also advised wearing a mask as the greatest defense against the disease.
During the previous 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 594 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 1,296,527, an all-time high.
“Until December 31, a total of 70 million people had been vaccinated in Pakistan,” he stated, while outlining the facts of the Covid-19 vaccine campaign.