Army establishes medical camps in Pakistan’s drought-hit Tharparkar

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Pakistan Army established a three-day free medical camp to help the drought-hit Tharparkar district. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)
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Army doctors and paramedics provided essential medical treatment to over 1700 patients during the medical camp on the first day. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)
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Drought in the areas for the last several years has badly affected the livelihood. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)
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Team of doctors included physicians, ENT specialists, dental surgeons, and gynecologists. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)
Updated 08 January 2019

Army establishes medical camps in Pakistan’s drought-hit Tharparkar

  • More than 1,700 patients treated on the first day of the initiative
  • District in southern Sindh has been facing water scarcity issues for the past several years

ISLAMABAD: With an aim to help residents in the drought-hit region of Sindh’s Tharparkar district, the Pakistan Army established a three-day free medical camp which began on Monday, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
“Army doctors and paramedics provided essential medical treatment to more than 1,700 patients during the medical camp,” the ISPR said on Monday, adding that the “team of doctors included physicians, ENT specialists, dental surgeons and gynecologists.”
Situated in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, Tharparkar has been facing persistent drought for the past several years which has had an adverse impact on the livelihood of the people.
Thar has a population of 1.6 million, as per the 2017 census.
On December 11, 2018 Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, accompanied by Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and other top officials, visited the drought-stricken areas where he urged authorities to expedite efforts in providing clean drinking water and health facilities to the residents.
Last year in October, the Sindh Government had launched a nutrition program for 50,000 families to cope with the rising number of infant deaths in the district.
“The situation in Tharparkar is an example of how bleak things may become in other parts of the country in case adequate water management measures are not adopted. In order to improve the groundwater levels and recharge our aquifers, we need to build more dams,” Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi had said in October while addressing a two-day international symposium on “Creating A Water-Secure Pakistan” in Islamabad.


Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

Updated 22 October 2020

Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

  • Leading media outlets in India used the social networking website to disseminate fabricated stories about clashes in Karachi
  • Twitter verified accounts were used to spread the fake news, making Pakistani authorities ask the social media giant to act against them

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) approached the Twitter management on Thursday, asking the social media giant not to allow users to spread fake information for propaganda purposes.
“In the wake of current smear campaign of spreading false and baseless information targeting Pakistan, its cities and institutions,” said an official handout, “PTA has stressed upon Twitter to effectively block handles involved in the campaign.”
The country released the statement after some Indian news networks falsely claimed that clashes had erupted between the Pakistan Army and Sindh Police in the country’s most densely populated city of Karachi.
The story was fabricated by some of the leading media outlets across the border, who claimed that a “civil war” was raging in Pakistan before disseminating the misleading story through social media platforms.
While Pakistani Twitter users mocked the Indian media, South Asia watchers were alarmed by the development.

 

 

Pakistani politicians also expressed their displeasure at the development, condemning the Indian media for its devious reporting.

 

 

In its official statement issued on Thursday, the PTA expressed its “disappointment” that a “number of accounts involved in propagation of untrue stories” were “Twitter verified.”
“However, they are still operating with immunity,” the statement added. “PTA has asked the platform to take immediate action against such accounts as per its guidelines and policies.”