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Present regime and dengue!

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A few days ago I was busy in a meeting in my office when I received a call from a friend on my phone. I didn't listen to that call due to my busy schedule and thought that I would call back after finishing the meeting, but then the same friend's call started coming again.

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I hung up the phone again and texted him that I was busy with the meeting, finished and called back. As soon as I read this message, this friend of mine sent me a reply message that Imran Bhai is an emergency, so contact me immediately. As soon as I read this message, I called this friend and he almost cried and told me that my sister is very ill, her platelets are very low due to dengue and the doctors have said that if you take her life If you want to save, take the patient to a good hospital in Lahore immediately. Brother Imran! Do something for God's sake, or my sister will die. We have made every effort for ourselves. There is no bed in any government or private hospital. Help us for God's sake.

I comforted him on my own and said: "You hang up. I'll do something." As soon as I hung up, I called a very close friend of mine, a doctor who is the CEO of a well-known private hospital in Lahore, and stated my case. Expressing his helplessness, Dr Sahib said to me, "Imran bhai, you are well aware that if I have the capacity for one bed, I should be present, but what can I do?" There is no room available and no bed in the ICU. All the hospitals are full of dengue patients. After hearing this denial, I contacted the owner of another well-known hospital in Lahore, located in front of Gaddafi Stadium on Ferozepur Road, through another friend, but got a similar response from there. On the other hand, my friend was constantly crying and calling me to do something for the sake of God.

With every call of his phone, not only my responsibility was increasing but also my embarrassment was constantly increasing. It was increasingly why I could not help him in this troubled world. In the midst of this predicament, I contacted another friend of mine, a doctor who also owns a large private hospital in Lahore, and asked him for some special compassion and help in this whole situation. He was especially kind and told me that there was no room or ICU bed available but that I could do something to alleviate the anxiety of you and your friend in the side room next to the ICU. This patient is admitted and his treatment is started immediately. I especially thanked the doctor and told my friend to take his sister to the hospital immediately.

After going through all this process, I was forced to think why we Pakistanis are deprived of even basic facilities for treatment in case of any disease? Under the Constitution of Pakistan, when it is the responsibility of the government to provide health and medical care to every Pakistani, then why do we have to stumble, be humiliated and seek recommendations for treatment. Don't ask the poor, even though they have money and resources, they have to beg for treatment in private hospitals. Room rent in most private hospitals is higher than in five star hotels, but the people who are willing to spend that much money still don't get the facilities. The poor die wandering around in government hospitals seeking treatment, but no one cares.

According to the World Health Organization, Pakistan spends only 1.2% of its GDP on health, while the WHO suggests Pakistan should spend 5% of GDP on health. When Prime Minister Imran Khan was in opposition, he was openly critical of the lack of health facilities and government policies. He also claimed that after the formation of the PTI government, revolutionary steps would be taken in the field of healthcare in the country, especially at government hospitals where all the medical facilities would be available to the common man. Has this happened? If you ask the truth, the answer is no.

Per official figures released in May 2020, Rs90.1 billion were spent on the health of 111.12 million people in Punjab, the country's largest province. That is Rs818.99 per annum and Rs 68.25 per month were spent for the health of an individual. The Sindh province, which came second in terms of population, spent Rs62.5 billion on the health of its 47.8 million citizens, i.e. Rs1,305 per citizen per year and Rs108.76 per month per month. Balochistan has a population of 12.3 million and has a health budget of Rs15.2 billion, i.e. Rs1,231.32 per citizen per year and Rs102.61 per month. In 2018-19, FATA was not integrated into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to which KP had set aside Rs23.5 billion for its population of 35.23 million. Thus, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spent Rs769.90 per person per year and Rs64.15 per month.

Speaking of Islamabad, the federation spent Rs12.4 billion in the health sector last financial year, which was for the citizens of the federal capital as well as for the areas under its jurisdiction. After Corona, dengue has raised more questions about the government performance. The PML-N has sharply criticized the government in this regard. Opposition leader in Punjab Hamza Shehbaz has even said the Punjab government is responsible for the spread of dengue in Punjab, which was pointed out by a report of the health department itself. This year's dengue campaign was ordered at a time when deaths were on the rise.

Whether the people trust the government or the opposition, the truth is that every Pakistani has a constitutional and fundamental right to access appropriate treatment.

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10 top-rated tourist attractions in the world 

Every country has landmarks and natural wonders that are internationally recognizable. Some destinations, however, just stand out above the rest.

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There are 195 countries in the world, each with its own culture and distinct tourist attractions. For many of these attractions, it's what they symbolize and the destinations they represent that make them significant. From massive glaciers, staggering mountains to plains dotted with wild animals; Earth sure is incredible. 

Every country has landmarks and natural wonders that are internationally recognizable. Some destinations, however, just stand out above the rest. It is not easy to choose the best places in the world. 

We have compiled a list of the 10 most iconic tourist sites that are a must-visit for travelers. 

Eiffel Tower, Paris 

For 130 years, the Eiffel Tower has been a powerful and distinctive symbol of the city of Paris. Considered as one of the most photographed structures in the world, the Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair— to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. 

This is a city where history and culture collide and where travelers of all kinds can find the experience they're after. Eiffel Tower is not only a common city icon but also becomes a symbol of love for many couples from all over the world. It is because of thousands of marriage proposal made under the beautiful tower every year.

The Colosseum, Rome 

The most famous and largest structure still standing from the Roman Empire, the Colosseum is also the biggest attraction of modern-day Rome.  

It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age. Set in the heart of the city, the Colosseum is an easy place to visit. Direct flights from around the world land in Rome daily. 

Niagara Falls, Canada & USA

On the border between the United States and Canada, every year, millions of travelers come to see the spectacular beauty of Niagara Falls. It's always free to walk into Niagara Falls State Park to see the Falls, and it's open 365 days a year!  What makes Niagara Falls so impressive is the amount of water flowing over. Most of the tallest falls in the world have very little water flowing over them. It's the combination of height and volume that makes Niagara Falls so breathtaking. 

Niagara Falls is in a public location on Niagara Parks land, hence, it's free to visit. 

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Home to one of the 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon Iceland is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys. Pools and hot tubs often serve as a hub of social activity in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is famous for its incredible skin treatment. In the lagoon itself, all guests are treated to the silica mud mask, and the algae mask can also be purchased for use in the water. Contrary to popular belief, the Blue Lagoon isn't a naturally-occurring phenomenon. It's made from a nearby geothermal power plant's discharge. 

Statue of Liberty, New York City

The United States of America is full of great sights and places to visit, but it's the Statue of Liberty that represents America like no other place. The Statue of Liberty is a 305-foot statue located on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, off the coast of New York City. The statue is a personification of liberty in the form of a woman. This symbol of freedom in New York City was gifted by the French to the American people in 1896. 

Santorini, Greece 

Santorini is a Greek island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. First of all, it is a natural wonder of the world. Its world-famous volcano, which constitutes a magnificent sight and attraction of Santorini, formed the island and gave it its current shape and geomorphology through a massive volcanic eruption, thousands of years ago. 

Spectacular sunsets, traditional whitewashed houses and the breathtaking sights of the ocean make this island the best place for tourists to visit. Things to do in Santorini include swimming/sunbathing at the black volcanic sand beaches on the eastern and southern coasts and visiting the archaeological site of Acroteria, an Ancient Minoan settlement buried under lava. 

The Acropolis, Athens

Over the centuries, the Acropolis was many things: a home to kings, a citadel, a mythical home of the gods, a religious center and a tourist attraction. It has withstood bombardment, massive earthquakes and vandalism yet still stands as a reminder of the rich history of Greece. Views out over the city are incredible as you walk between the meticulously restored ancient buildings. Near the end of the day, you'll want to linger and watch the sunset from the stairs near the entrance. 

Great Wall of China

In a land of modern cities and towering skyscrapers, the Great Wall of China, built between the 14th and 17th centuries, is a stark contrast but a striking image that all visitors to China should see. A stroll along the top of the wall provides an incredible view of the structure snaking off into the distance. 

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney. Like many other attractions around the world, the Sydney Opera House is one of those places that is easy to identify and obviously associated with Australia. It was built in several stages and officially opened in late 1973. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, it is widely regarded as one of the world's most famous and distinctive buildings and a masterpiece of 20th century architecture.    

Prague Castle, Czech Republic

The Prague Castle is an ancient symbol, one of the most important cultural institutions of the Czech State. The structure was formerly used as a seat of power for kings of Bohemia and Roman emperors. Currently, it is used as the official residence of the Czech Republic president. The castle is an incredible collection of buildings constructed from the 9th to 14th century. 

The castle is one of the largest in the world, and around almost every corner is a historical building, church, or open square. Notably, the castle grounds are entirely free to visit. There are some areas you need a ticket to enter, but most of the castle grounds are free to visit, including multiple courtyards, gardens, the Deer Moat, the entrance of St. Vitus Cathedral, and more.

 

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Interior minister condemns killing of Chinese national in Karachi

He directs the Chief Secretary Sindh to furnish a report related to the firing incident

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Islamabad: Interior Minister Rana Sana Ullah on Wednesday condemned the firing incident at a clinic, in Karachi Saddar area, resulting in a death of Chinese national while causing injuries to two others.

He condemned the incident and expressed sorrow over the death of a Chinese national.

He directed the Chief Secretary Sindh to furnish a report related to the firing incident.

The minister said that such incidents were intolerable and assured that perpetrators of this heinous crime would be arrested soon.

Interior Minister also directed to increase the security of Chinese nationals.

One person was killed while two were injured in an attack on a Chinese dentist’s clinic in the Saddar area of the metropolis, the police said on Wednesday.

The unidentified suspect arrived at Dr H U Richard’s clinic as a patient and opened fire as soon as his number for the treatment came, the police said.

 

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PM lauds Miftah Ismail's efforts to save country from default

The Prime Minister also congratulated Ishaq Dar for assuming responsibilities as the new finance minister

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has commended former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail for his tireless efforts to save Pakistan from default.

Speaking at the Cabinet meeting in Islamabad today (Wednesday), he lauded the former Finance Minister for reviving the IMF programme, which had been suspended due to violation of international obligations by the previous regime of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The Prime Minister also congratulated Ishaq Dar for assuming responsibilities as the new finance minister of the country. He hoped that Ishaq Dar would do his level best to strengthen Pakistan's economy.

Shehbaz Sharif also apprised the cabinet about his recent visits to Uzbekistan and the United States to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United States General Assembly sessions respectively. He informed that he and his delegation held very productive meetings with the World leaders, including Presidents of China, Russia, and Turkiye on the sidelines of both events.

He said the leadership of the Central Asian countries has a strong desire for connectivity of all kinds with Pakistan. He said the international community also expressed its support with the people of Pakistan on the devastation caused by catastrophic floods in the country.

The Prime Minister also commended the role of Federal Ministers Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Sherry Rehman, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, and others for highlighting Pakistan's viewpoint on the global platforms during tours.

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