While nations across the globe have adopted the new regime of social distancing and various States have ordered the closure of non-essential shops and services, the Pakistan Supreme Court in an interesting turn of events, ordered that the shopping centers be reopened. In the order, Chief Justice Galzar Ahmed warned against using all government resources to fight COVID-19 because doing so would be “highly detrimental to the people of Pakistan,” and would render the country “dysfunctional.” It has also been noted by the Apex Court of Pakistan that Covid-19, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, “is not a pandemic in Pakistan.”
The federal government, which is headed by the Pakistani PM, Imran Khan, has welcomed this decision of the court despite the fact that cases of Covid-19 infection have reached in thousands. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has from day one been saying, and all of the measures we have taken, they are a continuation and they show clarity and a practical approach,” Information Minister, Shibli Faraz, said during a news conference. “You have to create a balance between lives and the economy.” The Pakistani health experts have constantly been challenging the overtly optimistic stance taken by its government.