OPDs, indoor, emergency units resume functioning
Police action against doctors deepens crisis, 10 patients die due to doctors absence
Salim AhmedLahore—With the opening of emergency, OPD and Indoor units of government hospitals, senior and army doctors began attending patients amid uncertain situation on Monday.
Patients and their relatives saw a ray of hope when out-patient department (OPDs) started to work after Pakistan Army and senior doctors reached different hospitals across Punjab to treat patients in place of young doctors Monday morning.
Army doctors in uniform along with other senior doctors have started treating the patients at Mayo and Services Hospital in Lahore, however, the arrangements appear insufficient as compared to the serious situation emerged due to young doctors’ strike that has entered its fourteenth day.
Pak-Nato coop important: Rasmussen
Brussels—Nato Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that it was necessary for both Nato and Pakistan to cooperate.
Speaking to reporters, Rasmussen hoped that Pakistan would soon reopen the Nato supply route, adding that the relations between the Pakistan and Nato would be improved. He said that the cooperation between the two parties is important for both parties. Efforts to reopen the Nato supply route which was shut following the November 26, 2011 attack on the Salala check post have intensified. ISAF Commander General John Allen arrived in Pakistan on Sunday to hold talks with military and civilian leadership over the reopening of the supply route.
Kabul threatens Pakistan to report to UNSC
kabul—Afghanistan on Monday threatened to report Pakistan to the UN Security Council over what Kabul alleges is the shelling of its villages along the border between the two countries.
Authorities in the eastern province of Kunar, a hotbed for Taliban, have complained for weeks of being bombarded from across the frontier, blaming the barrage on Pakistani security forces.
Musa Gilani gets two-week bail in Ephedrine case
Karachi—The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday granted the protective bail of Ali Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, for two weeks in the Ephedrine quota case.
Justice Saeed Hasan Azhar Rizvi of the Sindh High Court admitted the bail plea.
Musa had reiterated that he was being involved in the ephedrine case on political basis and that he did not have any connection with it.
He was granted protective bail in exchange of a guarantee amount of 100,000 rupees.
Speaking to the media representatives after the hearing, Musa said that his father appeared before the courts and he also revered the judiciary. Adding that he said that he had faith in the courts and that he was hopeful that he will get justice.
NYT blames Pak military for double game
New York—Slamming Pakistan for refusing to cut ties with the Haqqani network of militants, the New York Times, the leading US newspaper, has said the military of the ‘crippled and chaotic’ state continues to play a “double game” of accepting aid from America while enabling the Afghan Taliban.
The New York Times said in the editorial piece titled ‘Crippled, Chaotic Pakistan’ that for years, Pakistan ignored the Obama administration’s pleas to crack down on militants who cross over to attack American forces in Afghanistan.
Pak-US Nato route talks inconclusive: FO
Islamabad—A Foreign Office spokesman said on Monday that there have been significant developments in the Nato supply talks between Pakistan and the US adding that a final decision had not been reached in the meeting.
In the talks, the Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar while Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides headed the US delegation, the spokesman said. After the negotiations in Pakistan, the US delegation left for Kabul, the spokesman said.
Khar will brief President Asif Ali Zardari on the meeting and take him into confidence, the spokes-man said.
Musharraf fears military coup
London—Claiming that Pakistan was being run to the ground, the country’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has not ruled out a fresh military takeover of the Pakistan.
“The state is being run to the ground at the moment, and people are again running to the military to save the country,” Musharraf told a gathering in Aspen in Colorado in the US.
While he maintained that Pakistan’s Constitution was “sacrosanct”, the former dictator also questioned: “Should we save the country, and do something unconstitutional or uphold the Constitution of the country, and let the state go down?”