Pakistan Ordnance Factories manufactures face masks, hand sanitizers

Workers make facemasks with sewing machines at a small factory during a government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on March 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Pakistan Ordnance Factories manufactures face masks, hand sanitizers

  • In view of the current situation, the country’s defense establishment has shifted focus of its production facilities
  • The ordnance factories are traditionally known for manufacturing weapons and ammunition

ISLAMABAD: As the nation finds itself at war with a deadly pathogen that emerged in a small Chinese town in December 2019 before spreading across the globe and infecting more than a thousand people in Pakistan, the country’s defense establishment on Wednesday announced a shift in the focus of its production facilities, saying that its ordnance factories, which traditionally manufacture weapons and ammunition, have also started making face masks and hand sanitizers.
An official handout released on the instruction of the minister of defense production said that the country’s ordnance factories had “attained the capability to produce 25,000 Face Masks and 10,000 liters of Hand Sanitizers on a daily basis.”
The official statement described its new production potential as “a landmark achievement and a proud moment for the entire nation.”
“Special cloth has been used in production of Face Masks, that makes it re-usable after wash,” the statement said, adding that in view of the current situation, wherein the country was fighting novel coronavirus, Pakistan’s defense related production capability “had been diverted toward mass production of Face Masks and Hand Sanitizers.”
“The laudable efforts by Pakistan Ordnance Factories will indeed complement the ongoing national drive to fight COVID-19,” it continued while promising “further breakthrough” in “the near future.”
Pakistan’s security forces have already been playing their role in preventing the spread of the dreaded virus in the country by activating the network of their hospitals across the country to deal with the problem.
They are also helping the civil administration with countrywide lockdowns that have been announced to implement social distancing.


Pakistan PM launches Arabic language Twitter account

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Pakistan PM launches Arabic language Twitter account

  • Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani
  • Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office has launched a new Twitter handle @ArabicIk to put out news and information about the PM in the Arabic language.
The account, which was launched in May 2020, has videos of Khan’s speeches and interviews along with Arabic messages.
Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani.
Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Around 3 million Pakistani expats live and work in Saudi Arabia and UAE is also the second largest labor market for Pakistan workers.