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Musharraf harps on India’s ‘high-handedness’

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Islamabad, despite the reconciliation efforts by both Indian and Pakistani premiers in the Russian city of Ufa last week, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is still blaming New Delhi for its “high-handedness”, a media report said on Monday.

Musharraf, while talking to Ary News, said “the arch rival tried to maintain its high-handedness (in the meeting), but we must not be bullied”.

“We should raise the issue of Samjhauta Express to counter India while taking up the matter of 26/11 Mumbai attacks,” he said, adding “Pakistan should boldly face India”.

Musharraf, 71, further blamed the Nawaz Sharif-led government for not fully backing its military and the paramilitary force, Pakistan Rangers.

The former military ruler praised the military and said they were successfully acting against terrorists in the country, and advocated extension of the current army chief’s tenure.

“Army chief General Raheel Sharif is performing well and he must be given extension of his term,” Musharraf said.

Earlier, Senator Rehman Malik of the opposition Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) criticized the Ufa meeting.

The former interior minister compared Modi to “the Tsar of Russia” as he described how the two state leaders interacted.

Shireen Mazari of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was equally disturbed at “the silence on the Kashmir issue” and “Indian involvement” in Baluchistan. “Modi raised Mumbai and Sharif agreed to ‘fast track’ the investigations. Not a word on Samjhauta Express (blasts) was uttered by Sharif,” she said.

(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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School girls light candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 30, 2016. (VOA)

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)