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Taliban kills Khurran Zaki – a Pakistani Rights Activist

Khurran Zaki was a well know Human rights activist and often spoke against Taliban

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Relatives mourn the death of Khurram Zaki, who was shot by gunmen, during his funeral in Karachi, Pakistan, May 8, 2016. VOA

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May 8, 2016: Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a prominent Pakistani rights activist known for speaking out against the Taliban and radical Islamists groups.

Khurran (Khurram) Zaki was killed late Saturday in a drive-by shooting in the southern city of Karachi, according local police official Muqaddas Haider.

Police say four men riding motorbikes attacked Zaki as he dined at a roadside restaurant with a friend, journalist Rao Khalid, who along with a bystander was injured in the attack.

Reuters news reports that a faction of the Taliban, the Hakeemullah Group, claimed responsibility for the attack. But police say they are unable to verify its validity, saying the group has previously taken responsibility for attacks it did not carry out.

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Zaki, a former journalist, was best known for campaigning against Abdul Aziz, the head cleric of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, a bastion of Islamic extremists.

In 2014, Zaki along with other rights activists demonstrated outside the mosque after the cleric refused to condemn the killing of schoolchildren in a massacre in Peshawar.

He and other campaigners filed a court case charging the cleric with incitement against the country’s Shiite minority. (VOA)

  • Pritam Go Green

    This is what happens to people who take a stand against injustice. Bless them who stood against such terror groups possessing some serious threat to our society.

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Pakistani Doctors Blame Quacks for Alarming Rise in HIV Cases: Report

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN

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Nearly 40 individual HPV types linked to HIV infection. Pixabay

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has blamed quack doctors practicing without training and professional certification for an alarming rise in the number of HIV positive patients in the country, the media reported on Wednesday.

The doctors associated with the PMA said that the quacks, especially fake dentists, spread the virus by using instruments that were not sterilized, adding that despite free-of-cost availability of life-saving antiretroviral drugs at government hospitals, mortality ratio among patients carrying the virus was also increasing.

An alarming surge in HIV cases has been witnessed in five districts of Pakistan’s Punjab province, with 70 to 90 cases being reported monthly at the main government health facility in Faisalabad city, Dawn News reported.

Earlier this month, an international team of experts from the World Health Organization kicked off an investigation into the sudden HIV outbreak in Pakistan’s Sindh province after over 700 people were diagnosed with the virus in a matter of weeks, most of them were children.

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School girls light candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 30, 2016. (VOA)

Following the outbreak, authorities launched a crackdown on unqualified doctors as well as illegal blood banks and laboratories said to be involved in spreading the disease. At least 17 quack doctors were arrested and more than 70 clinics in Larkana district were shut down, according to Xinhua news agency.

According to the PMA, over 600,000 quacks are currently practicing in the country with more than 80,000 based in Punjab province alone.

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The association demanded the government to make all-out efforts to stop the menace of quackery in the country.

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN. (IANS)