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Three-year-old sued in Pakistan for land grab

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New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, a three-year-old toddler from Islamabad in Nawaz Sharif ruled Pakistan was booked in a land grab case on Saturday.

Reportedly, an FIR was filed against the three-year-old child for  land grabbing of a plaza and for stealing property from inside the plaza.

The infant’s family approached the court to get an anticipatory bail. Upon looking at the matter, the judicial bench expressed its displeasure over the Islamabad police’s actions.

The court demanded to know from the child’s legal counsel if seeking the bail was even warranted. The counsel in his plea informed the court that since the child was named in the FIR, it was obvious that the bail was sought apprehending arrest.

The court has summoned the Station House Officer and the investigation officer on January 7 next year to explain their position.

The incident points out the gaping loopholes in the Pakistani administration. Though Pakistan claims to be a democratic nation, but such incidents indicated the autocratic nature of the country’s administration.

Earlier reports of a nine-months-old child charged with murder drew flak from all quarters of the globe. The family had to go into hiding fearing harassment by the Pakistani law and order forces.

The anarchy-ravaged country, where blasts are frequent, needs to buckle up and look into such matters so that they do not bring more shame to the government.(Inputs from agencies) (Picture courtesy: blogspot.com)

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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)