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Parents of Peshawar massacre victims hail Pakistan SC verdict on Military Courts

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Peshawar: The parents of students killed in the December 2014 terror attack on a school in Pakistan’s Peshawar city have hailed the Pakistan Supreme Court’s verdict favoring the establishment of military courts.

The parents said that the historic decision is the outcome of the sacrifices rendered by their innocent children, the students of Army Public School in Peshawar, who were killed by terrorists on December 16, 2014, Dawn reported on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday rejected all applications challenging the constitutional amendments, ruling in favor of the establishment of military courts in the country.

However, the parents also said that their children would not have been killed if the government had taken timely action against terrorists.

They demanded from the government and Pakistan Army to share with them and the people of the country the details of crimes committed by those being tried in the military courts and the nature of punishment awarded to them.

“Such military courts should have been established 10 years ago for awarding an exemplary punishment to terrorists,” said Ajoon Khan, who is the general secretary of Ghazi Shuhada Forum, an association of the parents of victim students of APS Peshawar.

“The military courts would conduct speedy trial of the militants,” said Khan, adding: “The trial of terrorists in military courts should not be kept secret rather every details should be shared with masses, particularly with the parents, for maintaining transparency.”

(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)