PM Imran Khan is COVID-19 positive and recklessly held a meeting, risking other people’s lives
Just recently, Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Faisal Sultan shared the unfortunate news of Prime <inister Imran Khan testing positive for COVID-19. The news came off as a shock to the people and in no time, social media was abuzz with people questioning the effectiveness of the vaccine, the first dose of which Imran Khan had received just two days prior to testing positive. Many experts weighed in, reminding people, that vaccine effectiveness kicks in after both doses have been administered and even then vaccine effectiveness is not absolute.
PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 20, 2021
The PM immediately went into isolation and continued updating his fans while he was supposed to be recovering from the virus
PM Imran Khan right now!
Thank you everyone for the love and continuous prayers. pic.twitter.com/hpYDqZ2KGM
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 22, 2021
Well, yesterday, despite having recently tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, PM Imran Khan was lauded by his fellow party leaders for conducting an in-person meeting at his residence
The Prime Minister hosted and attended the meeting with the media team at his residence with only a face mask and barely any consideration towards the isolation protocol that ought to be followed by the COVID-19 patients.
Prime minister with the media team today at Bani gala pic.twitter.com/Vk0oWIUDed
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) March 25, 2021
Despite testing positive of Covid-19, Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI is working from home. This is how a leader leads the way for his nation and the world to follow in this age of pandemic. This sacrifice is matchless in our political history. Proud to be a soldier of Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/AnMkH9ZxrE
— Shehryar Afridi (@ShehryarAfridi1) March 25, 2021
People were quick to react and condemn the highly irresponsible example being set by the PM
An unbelievably immature and disastrous message to send to the public. PM @ImranKhanPTI has Covid-19, and the best he has done is wear a mask whilst meeting several people inside a room. I think the Covid-10 diagnosis requires complete isolation to ensure others aren't at risk. pic.twitter.com/WVvdfc7Awa
— Omer Azhar (@OmerAzhar96) March 25, 2021
Are they deliberately trying to sabotage Covid efforts? That’s really the only possible explanation I can come up with for this. https://t.co/QosRt4ChPV
— Arsalan Khan (@akkhan81) March 25, 2021
People were appalled at the way PM Imran Khan blatantly shunned isolation and defied the SOPs that his own Government has been trying to make people of Pakistan follow
Not only did he put the attendees of the meeting at high risk, but he also blatantly violated all SOPs.
In a country where people already don’t believe corona exists or take it as “just a flu” our prime minister is dumb enough to sit in a room full of people when it’s mandatory for people tested positive to be in isolation https://t.co/K6XGf6PmDK
— SamUnwise (@iSamUnwise) March 25, 2021
What!? Just 5days into diagnosis of coronavirus and PM has shunned isolation! This is today’s pic. Putting everyone around at risk, defying SOPs. Isolation does not mean 6ft distance. This is irresponsible. What would nation learn out if it? All corona patients start meetings? pic.twitter.com/icxT7KiCiH
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) March 25, 2021
These people are making decisions about lockdowns and vaccinations. Welcome to an unending nightmare. The man has covid FFS. And for the gov to promote this🤦🏽♀️Talk about stupidity🤬 https://t.co/bt89Al51n5
— Tania Saeed (@taniasaeed) March 25, 2021
Doctors – frontline fighters who have been laying their lives in front of an unseen enemy for the rest of us – were extremely frustrated at seeing this
They all must be booked under Corona SOP Act, this is absolutely shameless and stupid.. I am shocked as a Doctor.. OMG https://t.co/Z0WwQCesMy
— Faisal Ranjha (@ranjha001) March 25, 2021
Some also argued that this behavior from the Prime Minister could lead to a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in the country with people seeing this and thinking that it’s okay for ordinary citizens to mingle despite being positive
With people following the lead of PM Imran Khan, there is a high possibility of a drastic surge in the COVID-19 cases all around the nation.
After this, if theres a sharp rise in #covid19 cases, won't be surprised – If the PM can hold face to face meetings and see people despite being covid positive, then what stops the general public from not doing so – Imagine covid positive patients going out to meet bcz PM does so https://t.co/fWIiNWcOXI
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) March 25, 2021
Others were inclined to believe conspiracy theories that the Prime Minister wasn’t actually infected when his positive diagnosis was announced earlier
Ok I'm inclined to now think IK having Covid was a PR stunt. There's no way he would be meeting his team IN PERSON if he ACTUALLY had covid. I refuse to believe that even Imran Khan is this stupid. https://t.co/L93rwpNQtT
— Bissmah Mehmud (@bissmahmehmud) March 25, 2021
So the PM doesn’t have COVID? ڈرامہ تھا سب؟ https://t.co/5d1Q8teNmD
— Gule (@gulmeenay) March 25, 2021
PM #Pakistan🇵🇰 @ImranKhanPTI sitting at the meeting.While he is in Covid quarantine, its confirms that Imran Khan's Corona drama is to run away from appearing in the Election Commission and make a fool of the world.
But the Pakistani nation and the world know this drama.
— M.A.Gholey❤🇵🇰 (@magholey) March 25, 2021
People even put up examples of how other nations are dealing with such situations to try to drill some sense into the PM
Bro that's how intelligent and sensible governments work when their premiere is sick. Protecting themselves and others. pic.twitter.com/Df7h4TVMyN
— ASK (@ASK7799) March 25, 2021
Some even shared how people they know were infected by having met with people who had recently been diagnosed
A friend got COVID-19 because he went to meet a covid-19 patient. These visuals will only encourage that kind of risk taking. Our PM has blood on his hands, he was encouraging such reckless behavior before he got COVID-19 & he continues to do it even after getting it himself. https://t.co/uy5gfkElIL
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) March 25, 2021
Of course, jokes were cracked about this hilariously stupid action
PM self isolating — with Shibli Faraz and 69 others. https://t.co/gpg7l18W9l
— شھزاد (@MarhaYaar) March 25, 2021
All those who are in this room in the pic https://t.co/tBbezdsmMh pic.twitter.com/PfzHj1CkxD
— Blundo 🔥 (@BlunderWoman_) March 25, 2021
Covid protocols don’t apply because years of ass licking has boosted their immune response https://t.co/BpePvuEWDW
— nope (@sheikhityaar) March 25, 2021
Can we not be be meme country for one fucking day??? 😤😤 https://t.co/NEzYCNvTnf
— Osama. (@Osaammaah) March 25, 2021
Undoubtedly, the irresponsible example being set by PM Imran Khan could prove to bring forth a surge in COVID cases. At a time when the virus is surging yet again in Pakistan with the country’s positivity ratio at the highest level in 2021 he should apologize for the extremely reckless example he just set.
Do you have anything to say regarding the clear violation of SOPs by the PM? Let us know in the comment below.
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