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Islamabad: Pakistani army on Monday claimed that fighter jets bombed hideouts of the militants in two tribal regions and killed at least 65 terrorists.

Death toll of the militants killed reached 105 in two days, Geo TV citied an official statement.

The army said at least 50 terrorist were killed in a precise aerial strikes in Shawal and Gharlamai area of North Waziristan tribal agency in the afternoon.

“Reportedly terrorist’s infrastructures in area which include ammunition dump are badly damaged,” the statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

In separate incident 15 terrorists were killed in air strikes in mountainous Khyber Agency on Monday.

The air strikes were carried out in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency near the Pakistan-Afghan border.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, there are reports of two suicide bombers being killed in the strikes.

The security forces have increased bombing of the militants’ positions following a suicide bombing that killed a minister in Punjab province and 18 other people on Sunday.

Pakistani military said fighter jets killed at least 40 militants in North Waziristan on Sunday. Thousands of troops are battling the Taliban and other armed groups in North Waziristan.

The military launched the major offensive in June last year and security officials said over 2,500 militants have so far been killed and over 90 percent of the areas were cleared from the militants.

2015-08-17_2126Gen. Raheel Sharif, the army chief, who visited the region last month, said the operation code-named Zarb-e-Abab was in its final stage.

The security forces were also striking hideouts of the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam group in the strategic Tirah valley in Khyber agency.

The army has cleared many areas in Khyber agency, however, some militants were still hiding in the rugged mountains.

(IANS)

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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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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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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)