Sindh Information Minister, Nasir Hussain Shah said on Friday that the restrictions on congregational prayers across the province will be strictly enforced for Friday prayers.
Female SHO of PS Pirabad was attacked when she tried to stop Friday prayer at the mosque. A large number of Namazis were gathered at mosque. The Female SHO Sharafat got injuries on hand and nose as men attacked her.
The following video shows SHO Sharafat taking measures to stop prayer at a mosque in Pirabad.
SHO PS Pirabad attacked & injured by Namizis on stopping from offering Juma prayers as per Govt directive pic.twitter.com/mUcWfyjm56
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The minister requested the people to pray at their homes and limit their movements outside from 12 pm to 3 pm in the afternoon. He also asked citizens to cooperate with law enforcing authorities in this regard.
“The purpose of these measures being adopted is to protect the people against coronavirus,” he said, adding that the lockdown would actually to save lives in the long run.
“The restriction of the prayer congregations has been enforced to protect the lives of citizens,” Shah clarified. “The religious leaders have backed the efforts made by the Sindh government in this regard,” he added.
Earlier on March 23, the government of Sindh had imposed lockdown as Pakistan continued to report cases of coronavirus. According to the reports, the number of confirmed cases had surpassed 850.
Provincial Minister Saeed Ghani, who himself contracted the virus, yesterday had said that the violators of the lockdown would be arrested by authorities under Section 144 and may be sent to jail.
It is also worth noting that the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) on Friday also urged people across the province not to resist government orders to restrict congregational prayers amid the spread of the coronavirus across the country.
The result was a map where people can see if they were in close proximity to a coronavirus carrier
In a statement released to the media, the council said that people should follow social distancing protocols and pray at their homes instead of joining large Friday prayer congregations.
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It is worth mentioning that recently Moscow police claimed to have caught and fined 200 people who violated quarantine and self-isolation using facial recognition and a 170,000-camera system. According to a Russian media report, some of the alleged violators who were fined had been outside for less than half a minute before they were picked up by a camera.
“We want there to be even more cameras so that that there is no dark corner or side street left,” Oleg Baranov, Moscow’s police chief, said in a recent briefing, adding that the service is currently working to install an additional 9,000 cameras.
According to a government website, in South Korea, the government used data from credit card transactions, phone geo-location and surveillance footage to give detailed information on coronavirus patients, without identifying them by name.
The result was a map where people can see if they were in close proximity to a coronavirus carrier. Detailed histories led to some patients being doxxed having their personal information outed without consent and authorities decided to scale down the data-sharing policies.