Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday greeted India on its 69th Independence Day and said “good neighborly relations” will benefit both New Delhi and Islamabad.
“We in Pakistan sincerely hope to settle all our bilateral issues through a sustained and comprehensive dialogue and usher in a new era of mutual trust and cooperation,” he said in a message.
“I would like to reiterate that promoting friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between our two countries is in our mutual interest,” he added.
President Mamnoon Hussain said: “Pakistan remains committed to promote friendly relations between the countries for peace and prosperity in the region.
“It is our belief that cooperative relations between India and Pakistan will immensely benefit our two peoples,” he added.
India celebrated its 69th Independence Day on Saturday. Pakistan did so a day earlier.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of Pakistan on its Independence Day.
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.