Pakistan government announces ban on Youm e Ali processions
ISLAMABAD – The government has announced a ban on Youm-e-Ali processions across Pakistan in the wake of the third intensive wave of coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan's top monitoring body on Saturday imposed a ban on Yaum-e-Ali processions whereas *majalis *will be permitted under strict Standard operating procedures - which are already in place for the ongoing sacred month of Ramadan.
The decision was taken in the NCOC meeting which was attended by Planning Minister Asad Umar and Lit-Gen Hamoodur Rehman. Provincial chief secretaries also attended the meeting via video link.
According to the latest update, *majalis *can only be held for a limited time. In case of non-compliance with SOPs, the organisers of the *majalis *will be held accountable.
The development takes place as Pakistan reports 146 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours while the total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 825,519, with most cases reported in Punjab and KP.