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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Non-compliance of SOPs led to seizure of Faisal Mosque’s main hall

DC Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat, moves to seal the main hall of Faisal Mosque over SOPs violations.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat said that the violation of covid-19 SOPs during Friday prayers has moved the administration to seal the main hall.


Hamza Shafqaat revealed the news through a tweet, saying that administration moved to curb the non-compliance of SOPs, which were not implemented during the Friday prayers. However, the seizure is temporary and will be lifted as soon as precautionary measures are ensured. The courtyard will be used in the meanwhile to host prayers.

In another tweet, Hamza Shafqaat informed about the restriction to dine indoors in hotels and restaurants, and urged citizens to comment in case of any complaints. DC Islamabad further added that outdoor dining is restriction-free throughout the day or night.

The realization of the second wave of corona has raised the collective consciousness of institutions and bureaucracy to secure the masses as much as possible. This has led to the countrywide closure of educational institutions plus the implementation of mini or smart lockdowns, both in the capital and the hot pockets of corona throughout the country.

PM Imran Khan has also urged the nation to wear mask and keep a safe distance. Large gatherings are restricted to curb the second wave of corona. Marriage ceremonies are allowed in open areas with no more than 300 attendees. The implementation of a blanket ban on gatherings and the closure of factories and businesses are ruled out by the government as per the PM’s stance on the livelihood of the people.

Read more: Imran Khan establishes ‘Coronavirus Fund’ to help poor, Defends lockdown

Opposition parties and their joint front against the government, i.e. PDM is also being urged by the government to postpone any public gatherings for the sake of peoples’ health. The total number of cases has reached 420,294 with 3,795 reported in the past 24 hours and the total number of deaths is 8,393 with 37 reported in the past 24 hours. The number of recovered patients is 356,542 leaving the active cases at 55,354.