Amid strong protests by locals, the Pakistan army has started to move Covid -19 positive patients from Punjab province to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan – the two most marginalised areas under Pakistani occupation.
Sources in POK reveal that special quarantine centres have been set-up in Mirpur and other major cities in the occupied regions to cleanse the Punjab province of Covid-19 patients as army top brass has ordered that no positive patient should be anywhere near where Army facilities and Army family housing is there.
Consequently, large numbers of patients are being moved in locked transport carriers to Mirpur city and other parts of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.
The local residents have carried out protests against setting up of quarantine centres for Covid-19 patients from Pakistan as the region already lacks infrastructure and trained medical staff.
They fear the pandemic will grip the entire region and lives of indigenous Kashmiri people are in danger. However, the Pakistan Army top brass is not concerned about this as the POK and Gilgit Baltistan have no political significance in Pakistan especially when compared to the Punjab province.
Residents in Muzaffarabad are terrified that their region is going to be hit by the pandemic and more so because the area simply has no health care facilities to deal with even minor ailments.