Shah Mahmood Qureshi attends a conference in New York. File
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday quashed reports that he had died, after it emerged that changes had been made to his Wikipedia profile to say he had passed away.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he was fine and on the path to recovery from the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Qureshi said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had gone into self-isolation.
The foreign minister, in a tweet, had said: "This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for COVID 19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers.”
This is the second time in the past few weeks that Qureshi has been hit by COVID-19. After the present illness, he was quickly admitted in the Military Hospital in Rawalpindi, where he convalescing.
The minister has joined an unfortunately long list of lawmakers to have contracted the contagious disease. Two weeks ago, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq tested positive for coronavirus.
Two weeks back, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif and spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb were tested positive. They have also recovered.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Jai Prakash, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for Narcotics Shehryar Afridi and PTI's chief whip in the National Assembly Aamir Dogar havd also been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday blamed the opposition parties (Pakistan Democratic Movement) for endangering people's lives by holding public meetings.
"This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home," Qureshi said on Twitter. He said he felt healthy and would carry on his duties from home.
"I have quarantined myself at home," Qaiser, who is also a close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Twitter. Qaiser's son and daughter have also tested positive for the virus.
Millions of people were forced to make alternative travel plans or work from home as the majority of train companies on the country’s fragmented network said they were running no services.
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