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Rainwater drips from ceiling in operation theatre of Peshawar hospital during surgery

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): The health of a person lying cut open for surgery is more at risk when the operation theatre has rainwater pitter-pattering on a piece of dirty cloth lying on the floor.

The horrific incident took place at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar during rain. What makes the occurrence worse is the fact that it took place at the largest facility of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where people from not only across the province come for treatment, but those in the adjoining tribal areas also visit.

The instances of rainwater seeping in the hospital have taken place in the past as well, as according to the medical director of the facility, the building is old and in a deplorable condition.

However, LRH Spokesperson Zulfiqar Ali Babakhel said 16 projects were under way for the hospital’s renovation, while work on the operation theatre will start mid-August.

Such incidents raise questions on the claims made by the provincial government, which promise to provide ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ to people of the province.

Under the claim of Sehat ka Insaf the provincial government has provided to improve the health facilities across KP.

In 2016, the issue of operations being carried out in torchlight had surfaced.

It was revealed that the facility in question, the district headquarters hospital, had no electricity and even the generators were out of order while surgeries had to be carried out.

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PML-N to fight legal political battles, over JIT report: Saad

ISLAMABAD (INP): Railways Minister and senior PML-N leader Kh Saad Rafiq has said that the ruling party would fight political and legal battles over the JIT report on Panama Leaks.

Talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court on Saturday, Saad Rafiq said Panama papers are part of a foreign conspiracy against Pakistan. He said those comparing Pakistan with Iceland were living in fools paradise as Pakistan is an atomic power.

He said educated people are using social media in a wrong way as to just criticize the incumbent government.

“Some people think that politicians are only thieves”, he continued He said a powerful leadership in Pakistan will take the country forward and it would be among leading economies in the next two decades.

He said this situation is hurting those who want Pakistan to remain weak and continue to carry the begging bowl to IMF.

The senior political leader said it should be decided once for all that the government will come and go through votes as voters are the best judge about the elected people. In addition there is an independent media which is carrying out accountability.

Saad Rafiq said during the last four years, the political situation is the same and politicians image has been distorted. He emphasised that it would have been better to judge the political parties for their delivery in federal and provincial governments.

However he regretted that in Pakistan politics is being done through allegations. He advised the PML-N workers not to respond to the abuses being hurled by the PTI leaders and workers.
He said there is need to address the challenges of poverty and un-employment instead of leg pulling.

To a question, Khawaja Saad Rafique said that why he should apologize if he has not committed any contempt of court. He said that the court has asked for the transcript of the speeches delivered during Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probe but no notice has been received in this regard so far.

He also said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will submit its reservations over JIT report in the court. Saad Rafique said that we want to lead the country on the path of development but opposition is pulling it backwards by maligning the prime minister.

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Fake degrees business goes unchecked

ISLAMABAD (Online): As many as three illegal educational institutions operating in federal capital are said to be awarding fake degrees to the students by charging heavy fees.

According to media reports around three illegal education institutions running in Islamabad, are extorting millions of rupees from the students in the name of higher education.

According to official documents that Islamabad Law College are violating the law, while they are also distributing fake degrees among the students and receiving hefty amount from students.

The Modern Institute of Informatics and Management and Islamabad Campus of Mohi-uddin Islamic University are also extorting hefty amount under the name of higher education and doing fraud with the students.

According to reliable sources, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MNA and parliamentary secretary Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal is Executive Member of Board of Governor Modern Institute of Informatics and Management.

An official associated with Higher Education Commission confirmed that the three illegal education institutions are distributing fake degrees.

The education institutions have also been informed several times that they are violating the rules of HEC, however, they are not ready to stop the fraud business.

HEC Spokesperson Ayesha informed that the degrees of three education institutions are being verified by the HEC. She further said that institutions have also been blacklisted, while only the government has the powers to close-down any education institution.

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Facebook rejects Pakistan’s demand to link accounts with cell numbers

WASHINGTON (APP): A United States news agency on Saturdayreported that administration of Facebook has turned down Pakistan’s demand of linking opening of new accounts with mobile number citing issue of users’ rights.

On meeting with Pakistani officials, Facebook Spokesperson said that his organization put forth concerns over ongoing cases in Pakistani courts. It should be recalled that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had requested Facebook to link opening of accounts with telephone numbers.

“Mobile numbers are verified through biometric verification system in the country. Currently, Facebook accounts are being opened through an email. The issue of fake accounts could be overcome if all existing accounts are verified with phone numbers,” a PTA official told.

At present, opening of Facebook account merely requires email verification. Moreover, PTA had received over 6000 online complaints which were reviewed and 357 accounts were blocked over presence of blasphemous content.

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Family says no communication with Dr Aafia for 2 years

KARACHI (PPI): Family of Pakistani mother Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who has been languishing in a US prison, has said that for last two years they have not talked to her on telephone because this facility is presumably withdrawn from her.

In a press release issued here on Saturday, Aafia Movement Pakistan leader and noted neurophysician of the country, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, said, “The family is extremely concerned about the health and wellbeing of Aafia, as they have no telephonic communication with her for last two years.”

She said, “The family does not know how she is passing her days in detention in the American jail.” She regretted that, “Even on the occasion of the Eid, the family remained deprived of telephonic talk to Aafia.”

She said, “The government officials in Pakistani embassy in the US have failed to take steps regarding resumption of telephonic communication of Aafia with her family. They have also failed to take serious steps to seek her release.” She said, “It is necessary that the government officials should discharge their duties honestly so that the confidence of people is resorted on them.”

She reminded that, “Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in April 1948 while addressing the government officers in Peshawar had told them that they should never be influenced by any political pressure, by any political party or any individual politician. If you want to raise the prestige and greatness of Pakistan you must not fall victim to any pressure but do your duty as servants of the people and the state, fearlessly and honestly.”

Dr Fowzia regretted that, “The Pakistani officers instead of following the guidance given by Quaid-e-Azam have become salves of corrupt ruling politicians. She said protection of citizens should be the top most responsibility of the government officers.”

She said, “Dr Aafia Siddiqui was kidnapped along with her three minor children in broad daylight from a street of Karachi and they were sold and trafficked to a foreign country for the US dollars. The constitution of Pakistan was fully violated in the kidnapping and trafficking of Aafia and her children but no action so far has been taken against the culprits.”

Dr Fowzia demanded appointments and postings of government officers on merit, so that they could discharge their duties honesty for the wellbeing of citizens of Pakistan.

She said, “The nation needs honest and committed rulers. The rulers have been deceiving the masses on the issue of Aafia release since 2003. Betrayal to the cause of the daughter of the nation cannot give respect and honor to the rulers.”

She said, “Not only the Pakistani nation but the peace loving people of the whole world have been demanding the release and repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.”

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3500 children died in KP hospitals in three months: report

PESHAWAR (APP): More than 3500 children have lost their lives in three months due to insufficient medical facilities in various Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) hospitals.

According to a report, 40 minors had died on daily basis at government hospitals from January to March whereas 1800 children were born with the weight of less than 2.5 kg.

The report also revealed that 150 women died during deliveries in government hospitals whereas 45,640 children came into the world in these three months. 1457 infants fell prey to different diseases, the statistics said.

The government has issued directives to provide possible facilities to the hospitals for improved health sector in the province.

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Mini truck carrying oil overturns near Multan Road in Lahore

LAHORE (Online): A mini truck carrying oil overturned on Multan Road near Manga Mandi on Saturday.

The truck — that was reportedly speeding — overturned after one of its wheels dismantled, following which its oil tank started leaking.

Traffic on the Manga Mandi to Phool Nagar route was promptly diverted by the Motorway Police. Three 1122 rescue cars reached the scene of incident.

In a similar incident last month, at least 152 people were burnt to death and scores injured after an oil tanker overturned and caught fire in Bahawalpur’s Ahmedpur East town on June 25.

Most victims were residents of nearby localities who had rushed to the scene of incident to collect the leaking fuel after the tanker toppled, said rescue sources.

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PML-N Parliamentary Party meeting as Nisar goes missing

ISLAMABAD (INP): Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan absence was conspicuous at the Parliamentary Party meeting of the ruling PMLN chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier today instead he opted to stay at the interior ministry.

Not much of Nisar has been seen at political activities after the surfacing of the Panama JIT report. Nisar did not even attended the important Parliamentary Party meeting of the ruling PMLN meeting today.

Sources say that Nisar did not attend the meeting due to his routine business. It may be mentioned here that Nisar had also expressed reservations over the Panama JIT report at the cabinet meeting yesterday.

The political temperature in the country has gone much way up after the JIT submitted its report over the probe it had conducted over the Panama Papers. The opposition parties are demanding prime minister to resign.

The ruling PMLN, however, has announced that it will be approaching the Supreme Court over the JIT report.

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SC can be shut if media continues trial, says Asma Jahangir

ISLAMABAD (INP): Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and rights activist Asma Jahangir on Friday said the Supreme Court can be shut down if the media continues to play the role of judiciary.

She added the report by the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) should be left to the Supreme Court to decide upon as it contains very sensitive legal issues.

“The JIT report is an investigation and investigations are challenged in courts and the JIT is not the same as the Supreme Court,” said Jahangir. She further said the report was leaked and now the media is carrying out a trial based on the leaked documents.

The JIT submitted its final report to the apex court on July 10. It formed on May 5 in light of the Supreme Court’s April 20 judgment and was tasked to ascertain the money trail of the Sharif family.

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Political conflicts impeding Pakistan’s progress: Saad

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique Friday said squabbling among politicians was hindering progress of Pakistan which could join top economies of the world in coming years with right set of policies.

Speaking at an event here, he said, “If we squabble less, Pakistan can make progress more speedily. We have to hand over a brighter Pakistan to our future generation.” He said Pakistan would complete its 70 years on August 14 this year, adding Gwadar would play an important role in progress of the country.

Pakistan got the project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) due to its geostrategic position, he added. He said the credit for CPEC and other projects went to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

He said professionals and sportsmen of the country had achieved distinction in different fields. Pakistan had made headway in the field of education and its youth were studying in the best universities of the world, he added.

Saad said a lot of good was happening in Pakistan and despite difficulties and problems the country had achieved a lot. “We are trying our best to get rid of terrorism and extremism.” Pakistan was established due to a long drawn political struggle and a democratic process, he added.

He said Quaid e Azam gave a vision of change through a democratic process and power of vote. He noted that Pakistanis had a strong relationship with democracy and political leaders in different eras played their role to revive democracy after three periods of dictatorship. “We are a living nation and it is not just a political slogan.” He said it was right of the people to like or dislike somebody, adding nobody could stop Pakistanis from expressing their views.

He said political parties in the country had evolved and matured. Politicians were not so bad as some people thought about them and when they fight among themselves it should not be taken that seriously, he added.