Kabul: Promises of reconciliation efforts notwithstanding, Pakistan has entered into a declared war against Afghanistan, media reports here cited a top Kabul minister as having said. Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanekzai blamed Pakistan for sheltering top Taliban militants, who have repeatedly attacked Afghanistan, TOLO News reported on Wednesday.
“Allegiances are being promised to Taliban’s new leader in open meetings (in Pakistan), and they are continuing their war in such meetings,” Stanekzai said. “They also claimed responsibility for the biggest attack that recently took place in Kabul, which clearly indicates an undeclared war has turned into a declared one,” the minister added.
The statement came after reports emerged that Taliban’s senior members were holding open meetings in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to discuss appointment of a successor to the group’s late leader Mullah Omar, whose death was confirmed last month
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.