Zardari hindered fight against dengue: Shahbaz

Salim Ahmed

Friday, May 10, 2013 - Lahore—Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif disclosed that President Asif Ali Zardari had asked the foreign medical teams to stop their operation during dengue epidemic in the province of Punjab in 2011.

While addressing a news conference here Thursday, Shahbaz held President Asif Ali Zardari responsible for all the ills facing the country at present. He claimed that at a time when people were dying due to dengue in Lahore and other parts of the province, President Zardari called the head of foreign medical experts’ team and asked them to stop their operation against dengue in the province of Punjab.

Shahbaz posed a challenge to President Asif Ali Zardari that he is ready to disclose on oath by Holy Quran before media at Faisal Mosque about his claim.

He maintained that the head of foreign expert team told him that he (foreign expert) was expecting that President Zardari would offer for extending more assistance in the fight against dengue but he was perturbed when Zardari asked him about leaving from Punjab.

He said that the Dengue epidemic in 2011 hit various areas of Punjab‚ but the centre was persuading the foreign doctors to leave that province and come to Karachi. He said such steps stunned the foreign doctors. He said during dengue epidemic, he could not sleep during two nights, first at a time when foreign doctors apprehended about deaths of 25,000 lives due to dengue epidemic and second at the time when the head of foreign doctors’ team disclosed about President Zardari’s directions. He said he is ready to appear before the Supreme Court to record his statement during in camera session.

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