March 13, 2020
Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) announced on Friday it will seal the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran for two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The closure will be effective from Monday, the Ministry of Interior said in a notification issued following the NSC’s announcement the decision was made “in the best interest of all three brotherly countries.”
The NSC meeting in Islamabad was presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, attended by key ministers and all military service chiefs.
It is for the first time in the country’s history that NSC is discussing response to contagious disease.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that all educational institutions in Pakistan, including religious seminaries, will be suspended over health risks until April 5.
Pakistan has recorded 21 coronavirus infection cases since Feb. 26. Two persons are known to have recovered.
The NSC is a top decision-making body on national security.