Meetings of clerics on two different occasions have announced that they will resist the imposition of further restrictions on prayer congregations, the statement came following clear instructions by the government to observe the lock down in mosques.The government has already vowed to bring clerics and all religious groups on-board before reaching a final decision on April 18 and after that such a decision looks quite confusing.The scholars have promised to take necessary measures for congregations, it is difficult to perceive how they will manage mandatory distancing at each and every mosque at all times, with the rising number of people wanting to participate in congregational prayer. It is duty of the citizens, religious scholars to abide by rules laid down by the government against the corona virus pandemic.The government is responsible for protecting all citizens, which includes clerics. Through their unilateral decision-making, the clerics are putting themselves and their families at great risk.It should be understood that the lock down was imposed in the first place precisely because the margin of error is so low; a single carrier can unintentionally spread the virus to an entire community.So far, Pakistan has managed to score fewer cases as compared to its neighbors. As social personalities, they interact with a variety of people each day, so they are more vulnerable than an average person.But the country cannot return to normal just yet. To get out of this mess relatively unharmed, it is essential that the precautionary measures are strictly implemented by the authorities, and citizens do their part by observing social distancing.The month of Ramazan sees a large number of gatherings at mosques. This will further worsen the issue of containment. The government must persuade clerics and bring them to its side. Being consistent in implementing strict measures across the board will certainly help its case.

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