ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has opposed the government plan of raising a corona tiger force. PPP leader Raza Rabba­­ni said in a statement on Monday that the government should desist from creating this force as it will politicise the national effort in the fight against coronavirus.

He said the federal government should learn from the Sindh government’s exper­ience and form mohalla committees consisting of members from different political parties and NGOs operating in the area where the relief goods will be distributed.

“It is a matter of grave concern that the ECC [Eco­nomic Coordination Com­m­­­ittee] of the Cabinet is meeting today, almost a week after the Prime Min­ister announced the Relief Package to approve it, this will also require approval from Cabinet,” he said.

He said there was no clear mechanism as to how the relief to the daily-wage earners was to be distributed or had the federal government directed the industrialists that no lay-offs are to take place and the workers are to be paid their wages. “Each day’s delay is a matter of life and death for the working class,” he remarked.

Another PPP leader Haider Zaman Qureshi has also criticised the idea of raising the tiger force saying it would be used to oblige favourites by disbursing money out of the national kitty among them.

He alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar were hostage to mafias and questioned as to why flour mills responsible for creating artificial wheat flour shortage were not being taken to task by the government, if it was not so. He said wheat flour was not available in central and southern Punjab to meet even 10 per cent of the demand.

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