Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, documented its highest Chinese coronavirus positivity rate since March on Tuesday, an exclamation point on a surging wave of cases nationwide that follow weeks of Islamist mob protests against French President Emmanuel Macron for his condemnation of a jihadist beheading.
Islamist Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has also attacked Macron and routinely advocates for a global law against expression that offends Muslims, reimposed a series of social distancing and hygienic measures on Pakistanis known as “standard operating procedures” on Monday to limit the spread of the virus. He did not ban political rallies, but he announced that his party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), would cancel all scheduled rallies in anticipation of the 2023 general elections.
The significant rise in coronavirus cases in the country is occurring alongside similar “second wave” increases in diagnoses nationwide. In Pakistan, however, the rise also follows four weeks of organized mob