India has escalated diplomatic pressure to get a key accused, Abdullah Haji, in fake currency notes smuggling racket, deported from United Arab Emirates.
Haji was imprisoned in UAE for allegedly being a part of the global union involved in smuggling with the help of Pakistan-based Iqbal Kana.
Kerala police had registered a case against Haji, which was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The NIA has accused that Haji supplied fake currency notes worth Rs 24.16 lakhs in 2010 that were seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a passenger at Kochi Airport.
The deportation of Abdullah Haji is a major step- up for the Indian agencies in the fake currency racket case.
The Economic Times reported one of the officials as saying that if they get to interrogate Haji, they will get deeper insight into the international racket that has “thrived with the support of Pakistan’s ISI and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.”
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.
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.