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All restrictions should be lifted in J&K to deal with coronavirus: Pak brings up Kashmir at SAARC video summit


Pakistan, on Sunday, raised Kashmir issue during the video conference of SAARC nations on the coronavirus outbreak, saying that all restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir should be lifted to deal with the COVID-19 threat.

Addressing the leaders of the SAARC member countries, via video conferencing, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza said that no nation can afford to be unresponsive to a situation in the wake of the outbreak of the novel virus.


“We share common regional concerns on COVID-19; while hoping for best, we have to prepare for worst,” he said.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while representing India at the video summit, called on the SAARC member countries to prepare and act together to combat the highly contagious disease.

“It is clear we have to work together; we can respond best to coronavirus by coming together, not growing apart,” the Prime Minister emphaised.

PM Modi also said that “prepare, but don’t panic” has been India’s guiding mantra in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

Ahead of the summit, the Prime Minister had said that he was confident that coming together of SAARC leaders will lead to effective outcomes and benefit people.