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Curfew-like situation in Hyderabad as complete lockdown implemented

From Our Staff Correspondent
HYDERABAD: The complete lockdown was implemented here on Friday during which all shops, medical stores, grocery outlets, transport and other activities remain suspended from 12 pm to prevent people from going to mosques for offering ‘Juma’ prayer due to coronavirus pandemic.
As per decision agreed upon by Sindh Government and the religious scholars and ulema, upto 5 persons were allowed to offer ‘Juma’ prayer in the mosque while people have been forced to offer prayer inside their houses due to coronavirus pandemic. According to notification, lockdown was implemented from 12 pm to 03:30 pm on Friday and then grocery shops, medical stores, fruit and vegetable markets would remain open from 03:30 to 06:30 pm while milk shops and dairies to remain open till 08:00 pm as usual.
The Rangers, Police and other law enforcement agencies have enforced a strict lockdown to prevent people from going to mosques to offer Friday prayers to stop coronavirus for further spreading. During three and half hour lockdown, a curfew like condition have been seen in the city as Rangers and Police patrol the streets to enforce government’s order of complete lockdown between 12 pm to 3:30 pm.
Mosque entrances in the city have been locked as police remain deployed outside all masajid.
PTI MPA distributes ration
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Riaz Haider handed out ration in different areas of the District Central of Karachi.
According to a press release issued here on Friday, the ration was distributed among the poor and needy people on the directives of PTI Karachi Chapter President Khurrum Shezaman. The ration was distributed among some people of the area. Speaking on the occasion, Riaz Haider said that the poor segment of the society had much affected due to the lockdown in the province. He appealed to the philanthropists to come forward and help the poor people. He also paid tributes to the workers of PTI for serving the people.
Khursheed’s bail hearing adjourns till 7th
The circuit bench of the Sindh High Court adjourned the hearing of PPP leader Khursheed Shah’s bail plea. The defence counsel for Khursheed Shah, Raza Rabbani argued that NAB’s Rs 1.23 billion financial irregularities reference against the former opposition leader was politically motivated. Pleading for allowing bail for his client, the lawyer argued that the charges could not be proven by NAB. He said Khursheed Shah was suffering from diabetes as well as cardiac disorders.
The bench comprising Justice Amjad Sahatto and Justice Shamusuddin Abbasi adjourned the case till April 7th (Tuesday).

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