Prime Minister Imran Khan is practicing social distancing-a precautionary move to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as he did not shake hands with and hugged prominent religious scholar, Maulana Tariq Jameel.
Tariq Jameel reached Prime Minister Office today to meet Imran Khan. Both avoided shaking hands and while Imran Khan greeted the religious scholar with a hand on his heart to show respect to him.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI & Maulana Tariq Jamil leading by example by taking strict precautionary measures in times of Corona Pandemic. We all need to play our role and avoid handshakes & other physical contact to ensure public health & safety#CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/ZOJRWpiBI1— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) March 16, 2020
The pictures of Imran Khan and Tariq Jameel were posted on Twitter to encourage people to follow the steps amid coronavirus mayhem. Precautions like avoiding handshakes, big gatherings, and reducing human-to-human contact, cleanliness and washing hands are stressed to stop the spread of pandemic coronavirus outbreak.
“Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI & Maulana Tariq Jamil leading by example by taking strict precautionary measures in times of Corona Pandemic. We all need to play our role and avoid handshakes & other physical contacts to ensure public health & safety,” read a tweet on PM’s office Twitter handle.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI leading from the front by adopting precautionary measures to counter the spread of Corona Virus; we all need to follow his example to keep everyone around us safe. Maulana Tariq Jameel met PM Imran Khan today. #PakistanFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/52kzDw0eUY— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) March 16, 2020
Reportedly, Imran Khan and Tariq Jameel met to discuss how religious scholars can help and convince people to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Social media users appreciated the gesture of Prime Minister Imran Khan for leading the crisis from the front and setting examples for his followers.
Meanwhile, PM Khan is closely monitoring the situation of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. He called an emergency meeting of the National Security Committee to discuss measures to be taken to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the country.
On Saturday, he took the nation into confidence and urged people not to panic over the spread of the pandemic in Pakistan.
Leading by example, leading from the front – always. @ImranKhanPTI
PM Imran Khan avoids the handshake with Mulana Tariq Jameel as they meet to discuss how the religous leaders can convey the message to masses to fight #CoronavirusOutbreak #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/tALgpIzOdu
— Imran Ghazali (@ImranGhazaliPK) March 16, 2020
We are alert to the dangers & have put in place sufficient protocols for the safety and health of our people. The WHO has commended our efforts as being amongst the best in the world,” he said.
The prime minister wrote, “I want to inform the nation I am personally overseeing measures to deal with COVID-19 & will address the nation soon. I would advise people to follow safety instructions issued by our govt. While there is a need for caution there is no need for panic,” he emphasized in his tweet.