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Event Title: Senator Farooq Hamid Naek while addressing the142nd Virtual Session of Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Event Date: 2021-05-27

Islamabad May 26th, 2021: Senator Farooq Hamid Naek while addressing the142nd Virtual Session of  Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, appraised the National Parliaments on the Pandemic COVID-19 situation in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has been one of the very few developing nations to have taken on a strong and effective stand against COVID-19. "Our federal and provincial parliaments have had to find innovative solutions to continue their constitutional duty ,stated Senator Hamid Naek. Parliament of Pakistan adjusted to an intermittent functioning, taking up only priority items on its agenda, especially related to COVID-19, he further said

Senator Farooq Hamid Naek appraised the Global Organization that despite limited resources and weak health care system in the country we were able to partially vaccinate 2,857,746 and fully vaccinate 1,286,429 people, with a minimised death rate of 20,465 people in large population of 215 million.  
Farooq Hamid Naek while addressing the IPU Assembly said that according to the Lancet hazardous, air pollution contributes to increased mortality rates from COVID-19 by over 15%. In this regard Pakistan National Assembly and Senate are working on Building Back Better with an urgent transition to a clean air economy as implementation of the UN SDGs 2030.

"FYI, the Right to Clean Air was proposed by Pakistan at IPU session November 2013 at UN HQ" stated Farooq Hamid Naek

Senator Farooq Naek as the member of the IPU- Assembly said that the Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, has advised to suggest that the IPU, despite having a global parliamentary representation, may also take the lead to incorporate a balanced representation of global parliamentary professionals in its secretariat on a rotation basis. Such a rotation or exchange of parliamentary staff will allow professionals to add much needed perspectives in the operational matters of our collective parliamentary endeavours, he further added.

Farooq Hamid Naek said that Pakistan continues to impose strict SOPs and localised lockdowns in areas based on high positivity rates. Businesses violating any COVID-19 containment policies are heavily fined despite the adverse effects on business in Pakistan, like all over the countries of the world

Our National Command and Control Centre continues to monitor the situation and issues periodic directives to all segments of the society across the country he said

Senator Farooq Naek notified that Pakistan continues to strictly regulate both national and international travels. Other measures include a dedicated COVID-19 website that provides all the information there is to know about COVID-19.

Senator H. Naek concluded his virtual message by wishing the Global World a winning fight against the Pandemic COVID-19.