Saudi concludes successful campaign to treat blindness in Pakistan

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The KSRelief concluded a five-day campaign to treat blindness in Khairpur, Sindh. (Photo Courtesy of KS Relief Twitter Account)
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The KSRelief concluded a five-day campaign to treat blindness in Khairpur, Sindh. (Photo Courtesy of KS Relief Twitter Account)
Updated 02 December 2019

Saudi concludes successful campaign to treat blindness in Pakistan

  • More than 6,000 residents treated by staff as part of the initiative
  • KSRelief, international charity, sign similar deals for seven other countries

KARACHI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) concluded a five-day campaign to treat blindness in Khairpur, Sindh province where thousands of beneficiaries thanked Saudi Arabia for the initiative, officials said on Monday.

“This was huge camp where a large part of the poor population got the most expensive treatment for free,” Rizwan Ahmed Baloch, the camp manager told Arab News, adding that people couldn’t afford the expensive treatment which is unavailable at government hospitals and costs Rs25,000 at private health facilities.




The KSRelief concluded a five-day campaign to treat blindness in Khairpur, Sindh. (Photo Courtesy of KS Relief Twitter Account)

“Eyes are priceless and only those having problem can feel its importance. The patients were very thankful but they said were expecting more such camps,” Baloch said.

In September, Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief had signed 16 deals with

Al-Basar International Foundation – which is an international health charity – to implement the medical programs in Bangladesh, Yemen, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, Eritrea, and Pakistan.




The KSRelief concluded a five-day campaign to treat blindness in Khairpur, Sindh. (Photo Courtesy of KS Relief Twitter Account)


In Pakistan, the campaign’s medical team treated 6,295 people, including 3,302 men and 2,993 women, by performing 401 surgeries, distributing 3,500 eye drops and 1,450 glasses in non-surgical cases.

In a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday, KSRelief said that the eye procedures conducted during the Kharipur campaign included lens replacement surgery, too.

Dr. Nafisa Shah, central information secretary of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a National Assembly member from Khairpur, visited the camp on Monday last week and commender the facilities on offer.

“I am thankful to KSRelief for its services to the people of my area,” she said before requesting the center to conduct more such campaigns and hold screenings for other diseases, especially hepatitis, as well.

In the past two decades, Saudi Arabia has spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries.

According to data provided by KSRelief, since 2014, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs – worth $3.5 billion – have benefitted residents in 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iraq.


Modi's 'supremacist agenda' could lead to massive bloodshed — PM Khan

Updated 13 December 2019

Modi's 'supremacist agenda' could lead to massive bloodshed — PM Khan

  • Lists down a string of anti-Muslim policies pursued by New Delhi in his Twitter post
  • Warns the world that appeasing the Modi administration would only lead to dire consequencespakis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was pursuing a “Hindu supremacist agenda,” warning the international community against appeasing the administration in New Delhi since it would lead to dire consequences.
The world “must realize, as appeasement of the genocidal Supremacist agenda of Nazi Germany eventually led to [World War II], Modi’s Hindu Supremacist agenda, accompanied by threats to [Pakistan] under a nuclear overhang, will lead to massive bloodshed & far-reaching consequences,” he said in a Twitter post.
The prime minister also presented a list of anti-Muslim policies pursued by the current Indian administration, starting with the “illegal annexation & continuing siege of [Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir]; then stripping 2 [million] Indian Muslim in Assam of citizenship [and] setting up internment camps; [and] now the passage of Citizenship Amendment Law.”
“As in Nazi Germany,” he continued, “in Modi’s India dissent has been marginalized & the world must step in before it is too late, to counter this Hindu Supremacist agenda of Modi’s India threatening bloodshed & war.”
This is not the first time Khan has compared Modi’s India to Nazi Germany. He made the same assertion in an opinion piece published by The New York Times in August this year.
The Pakistani prime minister repeated the same theme during his United Nations General Assembly speech on September 27.
He also questioned the safety of India’s nuclear weapons in August this year, claiming they had fallen into the hands of “the fascist, racist Hindu Supremacist Modi Govt,” after the Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said New Delhi could revisit its “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons.