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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Dinanagar, Punjab: The global positioning system (GPS) sets recovered from the three terrorists killed here clearly indicates to a Pakistan link in Monday’s terror attack in Punjab’s Dinanagar town, sources said on Tuesday.

The terrorists were killed by the special units of the Punjab Police after a fierce gun-battle lasting over 11 hours.

Sources in intelligence agencies and Punjab Police said on Tuesday that the track of the GPS sets revealed that the terrorists had moved from Shakargarh area in Pakistan along the India-Pakistan border on Sunday and entered India.

“The terrorists used the route of rivulets along the border belt and reached Bamiyal town. While observing that security in the Jammu region, which is very close, was tight, the terrorists moved towards Dinanagar town,” a police official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Forensic experts from Chandigarh have arrived at the police station complex here to search for clues about the identity of the three terrorists who besieged the complex for over 11 hours on Monday.

The forensic team was examining the building where the terrorists were holed up. The car, which was hijacked by the terrorists and on which they came to the police station complex, was also being examined.

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini said that the terrorists were carrying AK-47 automatic weapons and Chinese-made hand grenades.

“We are examining clues from their clothes and other things that they were carrying,” a forensic team official said.

Seven people, including a senior police officer, three home guard personnel and three civilians, were killed in the terror attack.

Dinanagar town, which is just 12 km from the India-Pakistan border, is located 25 km from the Jammu and Kashmir border and 235 km from Chandigarh.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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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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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)