Government only listened to ATM machines rather than masses: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Even the poor countries adopted complete lockdown to contain the virus
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that government has only listened to elites, businessmen and ATM machines rather than common masses of Pakistan. He lashed out at the government for what he called its failure to contain the novel coronavirus in the country.
“They are confused. We requested that World Health Organisation’s guidelines be followed so that we can save the lives of our people. We have always said that our priority should’ve been to test on a war scale, and then trace contacts. That’s how countries around the world defeated it.
“We were listening to doctors and nurses, the people who to this day are fighting this on the frontline. And the [federal] government was listening to businessmen, elites and ATM machines.”
Bilawal gave the examples of China, Germany and New Zealand who he said took “took quick and deliberate actions to stop local transmission after they had closed borders”. He added that the government’s “excuse” for not imposing lockdown because it would increase poverty was “rubbish”.
“We also have the example of poor countries like Vietnam. Not a single person died due to the virus in Vietnam because they fought like a unified nation. They traced every single positive case from the start. and today, Vietnam has saved the lives of its people as well as it’s economy.”