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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu, resorts to unprovoked firing

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Jammu: Pakistan violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at both the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said on Tuesday.

loc-5A civilian was injured in an overnight ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers on the International Border in Jammu district.

Subhash Chander, 38, received a bullet injury in his leg in R.S. Pura sector during the night and has been shifted to a hospital in Jammu, a senior police officer told IANS here.

Pakistan Rangers targeted Border Security Force outposts with automatics and small arms in Suchetgarh area late Monday.

“The BSF retaliated and firing exchanges continued in the area till 4.50 a.m. today (Tuesday),” he added.

The Pakistan Army using 82 mm mortar resorted to firing in Poonch sector of the LoC on Tuesday. “The firing which started at around 12.45 a.m. was on till 3 a.m.,” Defence Ministry spokesman Col. Manish Mehta told IANS.

The Pakistan Army had also violated the ceasefire on Monday by firing on the LoC in Balakot sector of the Poonch district. The firing started at 7 p.m. and ended around midnight, he said.

“Our troops retaliated effectively using similar calibre weapons,” he added.

(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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Nearly 40 individual HPV types linked to HIV infection. Pixabay

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)