RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar has announced that Army officers and soldiers would donate money for the cause of coronavirus in Pakistan.
“Army chief will donate his one month salary, officers from brigadier to lieutenant general will donate three days’ salary, officers up to colonel rank will donate two days’ salary and soldiers and Junior Commissioned Officers have decided to give one day’s salary to fight this plague,” Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said while addressing a press conference regarding coronavirus pandemic.
He said it was time to take hard decisions at common, individual and societal level as the outbreak of coronavirus could be coped with national cohesion and integration.
Addressing the media briefing in Rawalpindi, he said the armed forces of Pakistan were aware of their role and were standing besides the nation to contain the threat of COVID-19.
“Around one million passengers have been screened out whereas in the past 24 hours, 12,000 tests for coronavirus were being conducted and best defence isolation against COVID-19 was set up,” he said.
Major General Babar Iftikhar urged the people to cooperate with Pakistan Army and the government by following guidelines issued to prevent coronavirus.
The public should behave like responsible citizens through following the instructions of the doctors in this regard, he maintained.
He said the world had witnessed our resolve and determination during the 2005 earthquake, floods and war against terrorism. “Our brave national will overcome this challenge in solidarity with the armed forces.”