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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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PTI seeks removal of chief election commissioner

In a petition filed before SJC, PTI Sindh leadership alleges ECP officials of failure to execute constitutional duties

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh leadership on Friday filed a complaint in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) seeking the removal of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja and five other members of the commission.

PTI Sindh President Haleem Adil Sheikh, Justice (retd) Noor ul Haq Qureshi and MPA Muhammad Shabbir lodged the complaint under Articles 209 (5) and (6) of the Constitution.

They alleged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials of failure to perform their constitutional duties, stealing the mandate of the PTI through rigging in the February 8 general elections and the malicious misrepresentation of the Supreme Court orders.

Barrister Ali Tahir submitted the complaint, which alleged the CEC and ECP officials of their embroilment in pre-election, election day, and post-election rigging.

Seeking inquiry into their claims, the plaintiffs said the defendants’ measures affected more than 120 million voters.

They submitted that the respondents have wrongfully declared candidates from the complainant's party as independents in the elections violating the spirit of the Constitution and the Supreme Court's orders, and undermining democracy in the country which they are bound to uphold.

Following the Supreme Court's verdict on petitions related to reserved seats, the complainants sought the immediate accountability of the respondent.

They submitted that the ECP attempted to undermine the PTI mandate, but the top court’s ruling had exposed unconstitutional and illegal activities of the election commissioners accounting for gross misconduct.

They contended that according to Article 224 of the Constitution, a general election must take place within 60 days of an assembly completing its term, or within 90 days if an assembly is dissolved prematurely.

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40 migrants killed after boat catches fire off Haiti

‘At least 40 migrants have died, and several others were injured,’ the IOM said

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Port Prince: 40 migrants died and several others were injured after a boat—they were traveling in— caught fire off the northern coast of Haiti, a UN agency said Friday.

The UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that the Haitian Coast Guard rescued 41 survivors, 11 of whom were hospitalised, including some for burns.

But ‘at least 40 migrants have died, and several others were injured,’ the IOM said.

The boat, carrying more than 80 people, had left the port of Labadee on Wednesday en route to the Turks and Caicos Islands, a 150-mile journey, the IOM reported, citing Haiti’s National Office for Migration.

There was no immediate information on the cause of the fire.

Migration from the poverty-stricken Caribbean country has been surging for months, as thousands of people flee a spike in violence from criminal gangs that now control wide swaths of territory.

“Haiti’s socioeconomic situation is in agony,” said Gregoire Goodstein, IOM’s chief of mission in the country. “The extreme violence over the past months has only brought Haitians to resort to desperate measures even more.”

Hundreds of police officers from Kenya have deployed in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, part of an international effort to bring stability to a country riven by political, social and economic chaos.

Criminal gangs now control 80 percent of the capital city, with residents saying they have faced murder, rape, theft and kidnapping for ransom.

SOURCE: AFP

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Gold price falls by Rs1,000 per tola

Price of 10 grams of gold also reduced by Rs857 to Rs214,335

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Karachi: The gold prices have further decreased in global and local gold markets today.

According to All Sarafa and Jewellers Association, the price of 24 karat per tola gold decreased by Rs1000 to Rs250,000.

Besides this, the price of 10 grams of gold was also reduced by Rs857 to Rs214,335.

The price of silver per tola increased by 70 rupees to Rs2,920 rupees per tola.

On the other hand, the price of per ounce gold in the international market decreased by 15 dollars to $2400.

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