Covid-19 is the wrath of God, many Pakistanis believe

ISLAMABAD: As the novel progresses, handshaking and hugging habits continue in mosques and markets in most of Pakistan .

With most people believing that everything that happens is a destination, a manifestation of God's wrath, the country's shopping areas are full of unmasked and unmasked people, mostly women and children. Law enforcement personnel have been reduced to silent bystanders due to the government's confused strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The session of the National Assembly (NA) on the control of the virus, which began last Monday, was extended on Friday without reaching a consensus on a complete or intelligent closure, as the legislators of the treasury and opposition banks continued to exchange accusations and harsh comments. Rather than answering opposition questions about Covid-19, the Prime Minister, who also owns the health portfolio, didn't even bother to appear in the House.

Although seen as a sign of weakness by many observers, the government’s most unforgettable move for many Pakistan is has been the lifting of the ban on congregational prayers in mosques. Mosques were reopened after the powerful clergy agreed with the government on a 20-point agenda aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. Before the ink of the draft was dry, violations of more than 90% of the agreement were reported. Instead of stern action, the government attempted to neutralise the street power and strength of mullahs through televised public appeals by pro-government cleric advising people to follow the government’s guidelines for their safety.

The appeals, however, were accompanied by calls for divine help and lectures on the disease saying that the pandemic was the result of God's wrath. Oh God! Forgive our sins. We are sinners. We know that you are not happy with us because we do not follow your orders. We are too weak and we often make mistakes, but then you forgive us. Please forgive us this time again and end this punishment (Covid-19), Maulana Tariq Jameel, the leader of the, had said to the Prime Minister. Imran Khan Covid-19 Fundraiser. At the event chaired and attended by his main lieutenants, no one considered it important to present a rational argument that contagious diseases come from viruses and bacteria.

The decades-long power, strength and influence of Pakistan ’s clerics and the government’s attempt to look at it from their lens instead of reason, has driven the country into a dark tunnel, leaving many Pakistan is to believe that hope and prayer are the only solutions.