Indian Punjab wants medical oxygen from Pakistan, Modi rejects the idea

Indian Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that the Narender Modi-led BJB government at the Centre rejected the province’s request to import liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from neighbouring Pakistan amid acute shortage of the oxygen as record coronavirus cases and deaths have become a new normal for Indian people.

Indian Punjab CM wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah last week and sought immediate availability of an additional tonnes of oxygen cylinders.

A mass cremation of victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 22, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

He said the Government of India had expressed its inability to even allow Punjab’s local industry to undertake commercial import of LMO from Pakistan through the Wagah-Attari border, which is geographically proximate.

According to Indian publication The Wire, “Ministry of External Affairs did not comment on the Punjab government’s claim that its request for importing oxygen from Pakistan was denied.”

Indian PM is in severe criticism from inside and outside the country on his handling of the second wave of COVID-19 that has made new world records of daily new cases and deaths. World famous journals and commentators have questioned the authenticity of the Indian government statistics on daily death toll.

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