PTI’s Yasmin Rashid discharged from hospital

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid discharged from hospital after her condition improved.

According to sources, Rashid was admitted to the hospital due to stomach and dehydration issues and was discharged after completing her antibiotic course. Sources revealed that her health has improved, and she has been shifted to jail after discharge from the hospital.

Earlier, PTI leader the PTI leader has been shifted to Services Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail due to high blood pressure and diarrhea.

The Medical Officer of Kot Lakhpat Jail termed the health condition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr. Yasmin Rashid as ‘not satisfactory’.

As per the report, Rashid’s blood pressure was160/110, which was extremely high. The Medical Officer in his report maintained that Yasmin Rashid could not eat or drink anything since the last day and as a result, her body was facing a severe water deficiency.

“Yasmin Rashid’s body has been dehydrated due to vomiting,” the report read. The former provincial minister has been behind bars over her alleged involvement in the May 9 riots.

She was indicted by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) along with the party colleagues Main Mehmoodur Rasheed and Ejaz Chaudhry in a May 9 vandalism case.

The PTI leaders were booked at Shadman police station for vandalism on 9th May 2023, following the arrest of the former prime minister in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

It is high time for stakeholders to jointly tackle climate change: Sharmila

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Dr Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday that it is high time that all stakeholders should come forward with a positive approach to tackle climate change that is badly affecting the country’s food systems, public health and infrastructure.

“The government is already tackling climate change with its available sources; however, stakeholders including government representatives, businesses, scientists, landowners, and local users of natural resources need to jointly contribute to the ongoing efforts to counter climate change effects by planting more and more trees besides generating and using solar energy which is easy and best way to counter the climate change,” she said in a statement pertaining to ongoing warming affecting Pakistan and its people.

She said: “Ongoing wave of extreme heat is affecting 26 districts of the country, and more severe heatwaves will hit the country hard in June. Glaciers are rapidly melting while sea level is rising. The Pakistan has temporarily shut down schools in most parts of the country to protect children from heatstroke and dehydration due to an ongoing climate-induced heat wave.”

“Devastating floods in 2022 left a trail of destruction across the country, claiming the lives of more than 1,100 people. The flooding in Pakistan caused $14.9 billion in damages and $15.2 billion in economic losses. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year in the world including Pakistan,” she said.

Sharmila informed that Pakistan is ranked as the 5th most vulnerable country to climate change, even though the share of contribution of Pakistan in terms of emissions is far less as compared to other developed and developing countries. Earlier, such ranking was 10th, which has turned worse and severe. In view of this, government needs to make more investment in climate change projects so as to save food systems and public health.

Sharmila said Pakistan is frequently plagued by heatwaves, droughts, river and flash floods, landslides, rainstorms, and cyclones. The impact of climate change has the potential to initiate extensive and potent negative feedback loops that affect both livelihoods and public health, Sharmila said.

She said that the entire region where Pakistan is located is prone to extreme weather events, in particular, heavy rainfalls and flooding during monsoon season. The government also needs to develop appropriate measures like projects, programmes and plans to protect the most vulnerable population. At the same time, Pakistan needs to require international assistance as the major contributor to climate change are developed countries, but not Pakistan and we are suffering from their carbon emission, she noted.

“Climate change poses serious challenges to social, environmental and developmental activities, and leads to migration within and across national borders. The effects of global climate change in Pakistan are already evident in the form of growing frequency of droughts, floods, erratic weather behavior, changes in agricultural patterns, reduction in fresh water supply and the loss of biodiversity,” the PPP MNA said.

She said that mitigating and adapting actions are considered to be the two

key ways of combating climate change, adding the immediate and pressing task for the country is to prepare itself for adaptation to climate change.

She said that Unfortunately, climatic conditions, rural poverty, dependence on natural resources, meager forest cover, and deforestation have rendered the country as one of the most vulnerable to climate change effects, hence, there is a need to raise forest cover to 33% of total country land from existing 5%.

Another Congo virus patient dies in Pakistan

An 18-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Congo virus died in Peshawar, according National Health Institute sources.

According to sources, the patient, was admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital on May 17 and tested positive for Congo virus on May 18. Sources said that the patient had been experiencing symptoms such as high fever, body aches, and vomiting, and had recently traveled to Punjab to purchase animals.

Contact tracing has been initiated, and the patient’s family, hospital staff, and close contacts are being monitored, sources said.

No other cases of Congo virus have been confirmed among the patient’s contacts, including hospital staff and family members.

Yesterday, the Congo virus claimed the lives of two individuals in Attock district. In response to the medical emergency, the authorities have imposed Section 144 to curb the spread of the virus.

Deputy Commissioner Rao Atif Raza announced a ban on setting up cattle markets across the district.

Additionally, there is a complete ban on the inter-provincial and inter-district transfer of animals to prevent further transmission of the virus.

The Section 144 ban will remain in effect until May 30, as confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Raza.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued advisories for the prevention and control of CCHF.

In the wake of high disease transmission and risk due to anticipated increased human-animals’ interaction during upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, it is imperative to be vigilant about the situation and take steps to interrupt the transmission of CCHF.

It explained that CCHF is caused by tick-borne Nairovirus. Animals such as cattle, goats, sheep and hares are carriers of this virus, which is transmitted to people by tick bites or through contact with infected blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter.

Gandapur calls on Interior Mohsin Naqvi

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur today held a meeting with Minister for Interior Mohsin Naqvi and Minister for Energy Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Laghari in Islamabad.

During the meeting, they deliberated on the current situation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, focusing particularly on load shedding and electricity-related issues. The Federal Ministers and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister reached a consensus to collectively address these issues.

They decided to schedule another meeting tomorrow for further discussions.

Yesterday, the Chief Minister attended the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) meeting in Islamabad.

Speaking to journalists after SIFC’s meeting, he asserted that he has put forward KP demands in Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) meeting, asking the federal government to clear its dues to the province.

The KP chief minister said that his government will not compromise on province rights and will not allow anyone to take “undue advantage”.

Prominent actor Talat Hussain passes away at 83

Talat Hussain, the celebrated actor, director and voice-over artist, passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 83.

His family confirmed his passing. He is survived by his spouse, two daughters and a son. The legendary actor had been battling dementia and dealing with a chest infection.

Talat’s daughter, Tazeen Hussain, shared the news of the demise of her father on her Instagram account.

“It is with profound grief and a very heavy heart that we announce that our Dearest Talat Hussain passed to his eternal abode this morning,” she wrote in a post.

PM reaffirms commitment to just struggle of Palestinians

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong commitment to the just struggle of the Palestinian people.

In a Post on his X handle, he said that during his telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister of Ireland Simon Harris yesterday (Friday), he lauded International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision to order Israel to stop its assault on Gaza and Rafah.

Admiring Ireland’s recent decision to recognize the state of Palestine, the Prime Minister said this will not only send a message of hope and solidarity to the innocent Palestinians who are suffering Israel’s brutal atrocities but would also go a long way in promoting Palestine cause and encourage other countries to follow suit.

The Prime Minister hoped the oppressed people of Kashmir would also receive similar attention from the international community as they too have been enduring brutal occupation and denial of fundamental human rights for the last seven decades.

Six injured in Duki marriage ceremony

Six persons, including women and children, sustained injuries in a firing incident during marriage ceremony in Duki area of Balochistan province on Saturday.

According to rescue sources, Kalashnikove slipped from the hand of one man firing in a marriage ceremony of Vice Chairman, union council Faiz Muhammad Hasni in Killi Zaki Banikot area of union council Gharbi Thal, resultantly, six persons, including women and children, were injured.

The injured, identified as Lal Muhammad, 12, son of Saeed Muhammad, Din Muhammad, Din Muhammad, Taj Muhammad, Muhammad Irfan,9, son of Muhammad Rafique, Abdul Razaq son of Gulzar Khan and wife of Gulab, were shifted to Civil Hospital Duki where after providing initial treatment, the injured were referred to Loralai for further treatment.