Over 160 Indian fishermen who were released from Pakistani prisons last week have arrived back in India through the Attari-Wagah joint check post, Border Security Force (BSF) officials said here on Tuesday.
The released fishermen include three minors, including an 11-year-old boy.
These fishermen had been arrested by Pakistani Coast Guard on charges of fishing in Pakistan’s territorial waters off the coast of Gujarat and taken to Karachi where they were lodged in various prisons.
Pakistani authorities had ordered the release of these fishermen as a goodwill gesture.
Authorities at Attari provided transit documents to the fishermen who returned from Pakistan. The fishermen were provided transport to take them back to their homes in Gujarat.
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.