Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral held in London

Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral was attended by PML-N Chief Shehbaz Sharif, sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar, among many others in London. (Photo courtesy: Geo News Screengrab)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral held in London

  • Funeral prayers for Kulsoom Nawaz were offered at the Islamic Cultural Center in London on Thursday
  • Kulsoom will be laid to rest at Jati Umra, the family’s private residence near Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Funeral prayers for Kulsoom Nawaz, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife, were offered at the Islamic Cultural Center in London on Thursday. The prayers were attended by sons Hassan and Hussain, brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar, among others.
The former first lady’s body will be flown back to Pakistan on Thursday night by daughter Asma, Hussain Nawaz’s son, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chief Shehbaz Sharif and other family members. Hassan and Hussain will not travel to Pakistan for their mother’s funeral. Kulsoom will be laid to rest at Jati Umra, the family’s private residence near Lahore.
Pakistan’s three-time premier Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and her husband Capt. Mohammad Safdar — currently serving sentences for corruption — have been temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral. Jati Umra has been declared a sub-jail, with the trio confined to three rooms within the residence. 
On Sept. 12, the Punjab cabinet extended the parole time to 62 hours.


South Korea becomes first country to support WHO fight HIV outbreak in Sindh

Updated 19 July 2019
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South Korea becomes first country to support WHO fight HIV outbreak in Sindh

  • Despite Seoul’s decision to contribute $100,000, UN health agency continues to face a significant funding gap
  • Around 935 people, including 760 children, have been reported infected by the virus since April

ISLAMABAD: South Korea will extend humanitarian assistance worth $100,000 in cash to help control the outbreak of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, the World Health Organization, which will channel the funds to the South Asian nation, said on Friday.
Spread mainly in the Larkana district of Sindh, HIV had infected 935 people in total as of July 13, including 760 children under the age of 15.
WHO Representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, met South Korean Ambassador Kwak Sung-kyu in Islamabad earlier this month, and sought his support to deal with the HIV outbreak. Korean authorities in Seoul responded positively and said they would help the WHO fight the spread of the virus.
According to a media statement, WHO will continue to face a huge funding gap despite South Korea’s commitment since its project requires $4.5 million for the next two years to deal with the epidemic.
“I expect that other governments and international NGOs will join South Korea in supporting WHO’s efforts in responding to the HIV outbreak in Pakistan,” Ambassador Kwak was reported to have said.
“WHO highly appreciates the valuable support made by the government of the Republic of Korea enabling WHO to scale up its response to the HIV affected population in Larkana district,” Palitha said during her meeting with the South Korean ambassador.
The spread of HIV in Ratodero, on the outskirts of Larkana, was first detected by medical practitioners in April this year. Since then, health authorities have screened thousands of people to determine the scale of the problem.
In rural Sindh — long bridled by harsh poverty and illiteracy — access to information about HIV and other diseases has kept the large swathes of the population in the dark about how the virus is transmitted. Healthcare facilities in the province are meagre and negligence by inadequately-qualified doctors is common.
At the heart of the current crisis is one paediatrician, Dr. Muzaffar Ghangharo, who used contaminated syringes while treating his patients in Ratodero, police officials have said. Dr. Muzaffar Ghanghro was arrested on April 30 and has been charged with unintentional murder.
Senior Sindh police officer Sartaj Jagirani told Arab News last month that 123 infected children, whose family members had recorded their statements with police, had been treated by Ghangharo.