ISLAMABAD: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Mohammad Aamir Zulfiqar has directed police officials to salute doctors and paramedical staff who are performing duties at this critical time to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

He termed them ‘heroes of the nation’ and also appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the police, district administration and law enforcement agencies in combating the coronavirus and stay home as a precautionary measure.

The IGP said police officials should ensure maximum cooperation with the health staff as they were on the frontline in the fight against the virus.Meanwhile, DIG (Operations) Waqaruddin said implementation of the government directions would be fully ensured. He also appealed to the citizens to stay home and avoid social interactions and unnecessary movements.

The DIG said the police were ready to tackle the challenging situation and morale of the force was very high. He said precautionary measures were the only solution to the issue.

He said meetings were being arranged with representatives of civil society and community notables. Announcements are being made from mosques and other places asking people to adopt preventive measures.

Meanwhile, former Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said the nation stands in solidarity with its doctors, nurses and paramedical staff as they wage a relentless struggle against the coronavirus.

In a statement, he said the frontline soldiers with stethoscopes and healing hands risked their lives in order to make Pakistan and the world free from the killer virus.

Published in Dawn, March 27th, 2020