Pakistan Army Major Muhammad Asghar laid down his life on Sunday night in Peshawar after developing complications related to COVID-19.
“Major Muhammad Asghar laid his life in the line of duty at Torkham border in fight against COVID-19. Evacuated to CMH Peshawar with breathing problems, was put on ventilator but succumbed to coronavirus. There is no cause bigger than serving the nation,” Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Director ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said, “He was managing Torkham border terminal to ensure screening of people and movement of logistic convoys to Afghanistan”.
Major Muhammad Asghar laid his life in the line of duty at #Torkham border in fight against #COVID-19. Evacuated to CMH Peshawar with breathing problems, was put on ventilator but succumbed to Corona Virus. There is no cause bigger than serving the Nation.#OurMartyrsOurHeroes pic.twitter.com/3mtCKyRycq
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 10, 2020
His death marks the first casualty from the novel virus in the country’s armed forces.
Pakistan climbed to the 20th spot on the global coronavirus ranking on Sunday after the nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients crossed 30,000 after Sindh reported 709 new cases.
The government has allowed businesses to reopen in phases from the weekend despite the increase in coronavirus cases. Citing the economic havoc the virus has wreaked on citizens. Information Minister Shibli Faraz has also warned that the lockdown on businesses would be reimposed if safety guidelines were not followed.
The easing comes as many across the country have openly ignored restrictions on public gatherings during the past month. Especially during the evenings as people observe Ramazan.
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