Pakistan’s provincial governments have had authority over the health, education, and policing sectors ever since a constitutional amendment in 2010. But today, the coronavirus crisis has magnified the differences in each provincial government’s ability to deliver those services and mobilize emergency responses. Meanwhile, as coronavirus cases and resulting deaths rise, the situation has also strained relationships between the provinces and Pakistan’s central government—which is working to coordinate its own response at the national level. COVID-19 has left provincial governments battling both the public health crisis and its economic impacts, testing their capacity to handle the outbreak.

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Join USIP as we convene observers from all four of Pakistan's provinces to discuss each province’s on-the-ground situation, the various provincial government responses, and what we can expect to see in the coming months.

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Nausheen H Anwar
Professor, Karachi Urban Lab 

Umair Javed
Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Rafiullah Kakar
Director, Strategic Planning and Reforms Cell, Government of Balochistan

Fasi Zaka
Independent Public Policy Consultant

Adnan Rafiq, moderator
Pakistan Country Representative, USIP

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