Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday said Pakistan has become self-sufficient in COVID-19 related material with the efforts of its scientists, engineers and technicians which he termed a big success. In a tweet, the federal minister stated that the country lacked the medical equipment including masks, goggles, protective gears, ventilators etc to fight the pandemic when the first phase of COVID appeared in the month of February, but now the situation is different. The COVID cases have been increasing again but this time Pakistan is not only self-sufficient in COVID material but in a position to help other countries, the minister said.
Meanwhile, the federal minister, in his address at the launching ceremony of a new model of ventilators the other day, said Pakistan was exporting corona virus elated products worth US $ 100 million. He said Pakistan was setting up new industries for medical instruments saving four billion dollars of foreign exchange. After manufacturing cardiac stents, Pakistan would be making pacemaker of heart within a year.
Meanwhile, in another tweet Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday called for banning marriage of underage girls in Pakistan through strong legislation. ‘The countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran have banned the marriage of underage girls but still Pakistan has not come up with a restriction’, the federal minister stated.
‘Our society has been facing terrible social crisis due to the negative role being played by Mullahs. Hundreds of people listen to their ignorant talks and get inspired while the state has been playing the role of silent spectator’, he lamented. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal minister’s tweet came as a response to the video of a famous religious leader misleading his followers guaranteeing them to arrange their marriage with an under-age girl, if they marry three widows.