Heeding to the advice of doctors who were urging Pakistan’s central government to tighten its restrictions on mosque congregations, Pakistan’s Sindh province banned communal prayers on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday.
“The Sindh government has decided people should offer Ramadan’s Taraweeh (evening) prayers at home,” Sindh’s Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said in a video message broadcast on local television stations on Friday.
Under pressure from religious leaders, Pakistan’s government eased restrictions on mosques in time for Ramadan, last week.
Governments of Asian nations with large Muslim populations have urged people to keep their distance while observing their faith during the fasting month. In a country like Pakistan which is the world’s second most populous Muslim country after Indonesia with around 11,000 report cases of the coronavirus, including 237 deaths, must insure social distancing at such critical times.