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Infants continue to die in drought hit areas of Pakistan

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Tharparker, Pakistan: The news of the tragic increase in mortality rate of infants in Pakistan is baffling with grief-stricken communities having no power to raise their voice against the ruling government. The media in drought-hit Pakistan outlined innumerable connotations to it, including malnutrition, abandoned hospitals, scarce rainfall and so on. But it all went unseen.

Who is to be blamed? In past years, we come across posts and write-ups in different social networking sites regarding how a girl child and a woman is perceived in the society across the globe.

The short documentary of 1 minute, documented by Ayesha Tanzeem of Voice of America draws a parallel line between the deaths of the infants of Tharparker (a region in Pakistan) with the poverty of the people. The documentary sadly chronicles the grounds of the mortality of the infants.

The girl child born of an average weight of 800gms is very much common to the sights of the doctors because there are cases when the weight of a newborn child is even less than 500gms. The children are infested with malnutrition.

Parents of the children suffering from malnutrition can be seen screaming at their deaths or at their meager condition. The parents come to hospitals from far off villages. Tharparker is a deserted area with short annual rainfall. The livestock and the crops are affected shoddily by the drought condition. The scarcities of crops lead the people to eat “Bread and Dry chili flakes”.

It is pitiful but these people have no other means to live on. The conceived mothers do not get enough nutrition to raise the baby in their womb. The situation has got shoddier because the government is glancing away from the miseries of the people. There are no medical facilities available to them; pregnant women deliver babies at home.

The cost of breathing is expensive for these people; death as a testimony is the only choice for them. We can only feel their pain virtually. It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter. The situation has to change. Humanity needs to be upgraded. These poor souls should not be subjected to something they are not at fault for. The documentary is a call of humanity.

This documentary is a call for humanity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaB7ePwksrs

  • Annesha Das Gupta

    ” It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter” – The citation say it all.

  • Shriya Katoch

    Such issues need to be dealt with at the earliest .

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Fight Against Terrorism: Iran, Pakistan Agree To Set Up Joint Border ‘Reaction Force’

Stressing that "no third country" could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

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Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reviewing an honor guard in Tehran on April 22. RFERL

Iranian President Hassan Rohani and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan have agreed to set up a joint border “reaction force” to counter terrorism, Iranian state media reported.

“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day.

The announcement comes following tensions between the two countries who have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

“Pakistan will not allow any militant group to operate” from its soil, Khan said at the press conference while adding that the problem of terrorism was “increasing differences” between both countries.

“So it was very important for me to come here and come with our security chief that we resolve this issue,” Khan said.

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The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month. Pixabay

Citing a militant attack on Pakistani security forces in Baluchistan on April 18, he said, Pakistan’s security chief will be meeting his Iranian counterpart on April 22 to discuss how both countries can cooperate in not allowing their soil to be used by militant groups.

Stressing that “no third country” could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

For his part, Khan said his visit to Tehran aimed to “find ways to increase trade and cooperation…in energy and other areas,” noting that two-way trade was “very limited.”

Khan arrived in Iran on April 21 on his first official visit to the Islamic republic for talks set to focus on strengthening bilateral ties, “fighting terrorism, and safeguarding borders,” Iranian state media reported.

The two countries have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

The two-day trip started with a stopover in the holy city of Mashhad, where Khan visited the shrine of Imam Reza, who is revered by Shi’ite Muslims.

The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 20 that 15 gunmen wearing military uniforms ambushed a bus in southwestern Balochistan Province on April 18, killing 14 Pakistani Army personnel.

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“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day. Pixabay

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government that the assailants came from an alliance of three Baluch terrorist organizations based in Iran.

Qureshi told reporters that Khan would take up the matter with Iranian authorities.

Earlier this year, Iran called on Pakistan to take action against a militant group behind a deadly attack on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Twenty-seven IRGC members were killed in the February suicide car bombing near the border with Pakistan.

The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack in southeastern Iran. (RFERL)