RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army troops are assisting civil administration in containment efforts of COVID-19 across the country.
According to the media wing of armed forces, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the troops are busy in relief efforts and distribution of over 350,000 army assistance packages.
These packages contain basic food items, purchased through contributions of Army’s announced salary donation for COVID-19 affected people in various areas of Pakistan to daily wagers, handicapped, labourers , widows and needy people including far flung areas.
The relief packages were distributed in various parts of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
On Mar 23, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar had 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 had said while addressing a press conference regarding coronavirus pandemic.
He had 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 had said the armed forces of Pakistan were aware of their role and were standing besides the nation to contain the threat of COVID-19.