Helpline for Action Against Surgical Masks Profiteers

Police in Islamabad have produced an assist to register citizen complaints and to act quickly against those who sell facemasks at higher rates, or to market them in the face of concerns about the coronavirus.

The helpline with numbers 051-9259328, 1416 and 8787 has been set up following directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhamad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan.

He has ordered strict action against those involved in gouging price on facemasks amid coronavirus concerns. After the reported case of coronavirus in Islamabad, police and district administration have adopted proactive approach and steps are being taken to ensure availability of facemasks at normal prices in the market.

The raids are being conducted against those involved in black-marketing of masks as District Magistrate Islamabad has imposed section 144 against hoarding of facemasks.

A ban has been imposed for two months over charging higher prices on these masks while teams of District Administration are conducting raids at pharmacies in the city following directions of Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat.

The availability and prices of masks in the markets are being checked regularly while complaints at Citizens’ Portal are being reviewed in this regard. The masks are being imported from other cities and orders are being placed to ensure its frequent supply in the capital.

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