Pakistan To Buy 1.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses From China’s company Sinopharm

Pakistan To Buy 1.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses From China’s company Sinopharm

Earlier this month, Pakistan had approved $150 million in funding to purchase 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, initially to cover the most vulnerable 5 percent of the country’s population.

A minister said on Thursday that the South Asian country will buy 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the company Sinopharm of China. This is the first official confirmation from the government of a vaccine purchase by the country as it is facing a second wave of infections.

Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, said on Twitter that the Cabinet Committee had decided to initially buy 1.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm. These vaccine doses will be provided freely to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.

China approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-sponsored medical company Sinopharm on Thursday, the first of its kind to be approved by the general public.

Pakistan earlier this month approved a $ 150 million grant to buy COVID-19 drugs, for the first time covering 5 percent of high-risk people.

Pakistan did not reveal which type of Covid-19 vaccine it would procure. However, the government said that a panel of experts was compiling a list of recommendations, which could tap more than one source.

Hussain said on Thursday that if the private sector wanted to import any other internationally-approved vaccine, it could do so.

The country of 220 million people is having to face up with another wave of infections. There are up to 58 deaths due to the virus on Wednesday, which takes its death count past 10,000.

It also reported 2,475 new infections, which took the total to 479,715 cases.

Pakistan also uses Candyino Biologics’ phase III clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine employee, Ad5-nCoV, led by the state-run National Institute of Health.

Pakistan ready to welcome top cricketing countries next year

Pakistan ready to welcome top cricketing countries next year

Pakistan hasn’t hosted any home test matches for nearly a decade due to a terrorist attack on a rival team’s bus in 2009. Recently, the government has said it is ready now to welcome top cricketing nations such as South Africa, England, West Indies, and New Zealand in 2021.

Chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, said that they’re working hard to build and nurture relationships with other cricket boards.

South Africa is scheduled to visit Pakistan in a two-test series, which is part of world test championship in January, 2021.

New Zealand is planned for five Twenty20s and three ODIs in September, followed by two Twenty20s against England, which will be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.

The PCB has also scheduled a home series against West Indies in December.

After the 2009 terrorist attack, test cricket only came back to Pakistan late last year as Sri Lanka played two five-day games at Karachi and Rawalpindi and Bangladesh also played a test match before their second test was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In between the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh tours, the Pakistan Super League – a domestic Twenty20 league – presses Pakistan’s claims to host international games.

There were some big players who toured Pakistan and played for various city-based franchise teams, including Australia’s Shane Watson and South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis. Wasim Khan believes these players had a key role in capturing Pakistan’s improving image among cricket-playing nations all over the world.

It is quite normal in Pakistan that cricket team buses heavily guarded by armed personnel whenever abroad contingents travel to the stadium from hotels to ensure tight security. That often blocks heavy traffic on major roads of big cities such as Lahore and Karachi.

Khan said that they would continue to provide state-level security as long as possible.

Pakistan and India dominate air pollution database of WHO

Pakistan and India dominate air pollution database of WHO

Currently, agricultural burning adds to the air pollution issues across Pakistan and India, especially in the north. The region has 16 among the 20 most polluted cities in the global air pollution database of the World Health Organization (WHO). However, are they the most polluted places in the world ever recorded? Although lack of measurements makes historic comparisons difficult, we have some clues.

More than 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin was one of the first scientists who studied electricity in the atmosphere. Air pollution also changes the electrical properties of our air, although lightning is the most obvious manifestation.

In 1790, electrical measurements near Hyde Park suggested the particle pollution of the 18th-century London was about half the annual average in the most polluted cities in India in the present.

Air pollution is a huge problem in India, killing more than 1 million in the country every year, according to researches. According to the IQAir report, on average, its cities exceed WHO guidelines for the amount of particulate pollution (PM2.5) in the atmosphere by up to 500 precent.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, around 135,000 deaths are attributed to air pollution every year, making it the top cause of sickness and death smog. The country spends about 5.88% of GDP or $47.8 billion on solving air pollution issues. During some past decades, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan have successfully enforced policies to lessen air pollution and accentuate that today’s air pollution need not be tomorrow’s fate.

Things had deteriorated by 1900. Measurements of atmospheric electricity at Kew show that air pollution in London was similar to the worst Indian cities nowadays.

However, the UK was home to 44 million people in the 1920s and bout 400 million people are exposed to the poor air in the Ganges River basin on north India, making it a far larger air pollution crisis.

Pakistan Church condemns violence against minorities

Pakistan Church condemns violence against minorities

The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference releases a statement after the death of a Christian in a brutal attack.

The Catholic Church of Pakistan has denounced the religious discrimination and intolerance against the country’s minorities that go on even amid the hardships of Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC) announced a statement to show its concern and sent a copy of the statement to the Vatican’s Fides news agency.

NCJP – “violation of human rights”

A joint statement by NCJP chairman, national director Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf, executive director Cecil Chaudhry, and Archbishop Joseph Arshad Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi called on law enforcement agencies to do anything possible to bring the culprit to justice.  The NCJP called it a “clear violation of human rights” and said that it is an act against the law which cannot go unpunished. 

Police arrested some members of Salman Khan’s family who are thought to be behind the murder.

The NCJP urged protection for Nadeem’s family that is facing difficulty and danger of reprisal.

Intolerance and discrimination continue

The Commission of Pakistan’s Catholic bishops showed regret that society has become intolerant and life has become more and more difficult for minority communities.

The NCJP noted many cases go unreported, saying that religious minorities keeps facing discrimination as part of their daily lives. For example, it cited the denial of relief material and food aid to non-Muslims during the lockdown and the lack of safety equipment to health workers who are fighting the pandemic. 

Moreover, the Commission pointed to the recent episode in Islamabad in which some extremist Muslims destroyed the building of a Hindu temple.  Fr. Yousaf said that the incident reflects the lack of acceptance of religious minorities who have been a part of the country. He added such acts go against Article 20 of the Constitution, which allows religious minorities to manage their own religious institutions and profess their faith.

Pakistan eases restrictions, small businesses reopen

Pakistan eases restrictions, small businesses reopen

Small shops and markets reopen across Pakistan after the government relaxed coronavirus restrictions due to the virus’ economic impact.

Pakistan further relaxed coronavirus restriction on Monday in order to open small shops and markets across the country in spite of a sharp rise in COVID-19 infected cases.

According to the government officials, all the small shops, markets, and allied industries of the construction sector reopened on Monday under a federal government announcement last week.

Ajmal Khan Wazir, spokesman of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, said that as part of the government decision, all small shops and markets will reopen from morning to evening for four days per week.

Wazir requested the public to follow standard methods to prevent the coronavirus’ spread.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan also announced a gradual exit from the nationwide lockdown in spite of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Prime Minister Khan said that the nationwide lockdown has badly hurt small businessmen, laborers, and the general public. He added that the country’s tax revenues dropped 35% while exports also fell because of the lockdown.

However, the government still extended the closure of education institutions in the whole country until July 15.

In March, the country imposed a nationwide lockdown, closing markets, shops, shopping centers, and offices except for emergency services, as parts of a desperate move in order to curb surging coronavirus cases.

Last month, Prime Minister Khan announced the reopening of “low-risk” industries, such as agriculture, e-commerce, paper and packaging, construction, to stem a deepening economic meltdown due to the virus.

The government also allowed prayer in mosques for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, the second worst-hit country in the region after India, has climbed to 30,931, according to the Health Ministry. The death toll in the country also risen to 667.

Meanwhile, 8,212 people have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.

Globally, there have been more than 4.1 million cases of the coronavirus, along with about 283,000 deaths and more than 1.4 million recoveries, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

Shehbaz Sharif can probably be held in court’s contempt if Nawaz Sharif fails to return to the nation

Shehbaz Sharif can probably be held in court’s contempt if Nawaz Sharif fails to return to the nation

Reportedly, Shehbaz Sharif can probably be held in court’s contempt if Nawaz Sharif fails to return to the nation, said Farogh Naseem – Federal Law Minister, on Tuesday. 

The minister of law held the press conference once he was asked regarding the verdict of LHC (Lahore High Court), where the government was directed to get rid of the name of Nawaz from the ECL. 

“They failed to accept the bond of indemnity, but they acknowledged the undertaking,” he said.

Responding to a question, Naseem told that the LHC had issued the interim order associated with Nawaz’s name’s removal from the ECL.

According to Farogh, “the court has said no to appeals against the interim orders.” Shehbaz can be held in the court’s contempt if Nawaz did not come back to the nation as he had promised.

Nawaz comes abroad for treatment

Reportedly, the former prime minister has left for the UK on Tuesday through an air ambulance that arrived at about 8:30 am from Lahore Airport. It has Qatar as the first destination. Then, it will continue the journey to London.

There are seven people with Nawaz. There include Shehbaz – his brother and Dr. Adnan – his physician.

Earlier, while sharing with a morning show in “Geo Pakistan”, Marriyum Aurangzeb – PML-N spokesperson told that doctors had conducted the medical test in the morning.

“His treatment might have begun now if he had left half a month earlier. People will take him to America as well,” the spokesperson said, 

Verdict of LHC 

Last week the LHC directed the government to eliminate the name of Nawaz Sharif from the ECL (Exit Control List) without any conditions for four weeks.

Earlier, this LHC has called the admissible plea in terms of getting rid of the name of Sharif – the former premier from the ECL.

900 HIV-positive children were reused by syringes by doctors

Doctor checking for children

Nearly 900 children in a Pakistani city test positive for HIV after a pediatrician reuses an infected syringe.

About 200 adults have also tested positive for the virus since the outbreak in Ratodero broke out in April.

Health officials fear the actual number of people infected with HIV could be much higher, as less than a quarter of the 200,000 city residents tested so far.

Doctor checking for children

The outbreak of HIV infection is thought to have originated from Muzaffar Ghanghro, a pediatrician who reused infected needles. He was arrested on charges of negligence and manslaughter after patients accused him of repeatedly reusing syringes.

Imtiaz Jalbani, a father of six children treated by a pediatrician, told the New York Times that Dr. Ghanghro had collected an old needle from the bin for use with his 6-year-old son. He was later diagnosed with HIV positive. When Jalbani denounced it, the doctor said the father was too poor to pay for a new needle. Jalbani four children all tested positive for HIV and the two youngest died.

Another parent with three children who became infected with HIV after being treated by Dr. Ghanghro told Reuters that the doctor used the same infected needle for 50 children.

Dr. Ghanghro has not yet been convicted, though the law refuses to bail people accused of reusing syringes. He is currently a family doctor at a public hospital on the outskirts of the city after renewing his medical certificate. He denied all accusations and asserted his innocence.

Although the initial investigation by police and health officials concluded that the main cause of the HIV transmission was due to Dr. Ganguro negligence and carelessness, officials said that this was not the case. sole cause.

Not only did Ratodero doctors reuse syringes, but barbers also used the same razor for many customers and roadside dentists pulled out patients with disinfected instruments. These have led to an increase in the number of HIV infections.

At present, there is a limited awareness of Pakistani people about HIV virus, and many people are concerned that the disease can be transmitted through casual contact. Nearly 900 children living with HIV were shunned by their friends and forced to sit in isolation at school. Some parents said they fear the virus will spread through physical contact with their children.

Lack of knowledge about HIV / AIDS is not uncommon in communities across Pakistan. In Pakistan, the number of HIV infections has doubled since 2010 to 160,000.

According to a joint United Nations program on HIV and AIDS, there are currently about 600,000 unqualified doctors operating illegally in the country, 270,000 of them in Sindh province, where the city of Ratodero is located.

The Pakistani government has responded to this crisis by closing the doors of illegal doctors and blood banks. But as media attention diminished, some clinics began to reopen.

China calls on India and Pakistan to refrain from the Kashmir issue

China calls on India and Pakistan to refrain from the Kashmir issue

On August 9, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing believed that any unilateral action that could complicate the situation in Kashmir should not be done.

On August 9, State Councilor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing believes that any unilateral action that can complicate the situation in Kashmir should not be done.

Expressing China’s concern about recent unrest in Kashmir, Wang Yi affirmed that Kashmir is a dispute arising from this region’s history and should be peacefully resolved on the UN Charter base, the Security Council’s relevant resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan.

Mr. Wang Yi made the comment when talking to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is visiting China. For his part, Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke with Mr. Wang Yi in detail about the standpoint and measures of Pakistan’s side on the latest developments in Kashmir.

Tensions between India and Pakistan broke out on August 5, India announced the decree to abolish Article 370 in the Constitution that regulates special regulations for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and also presents this state separation law. into two federal territories including Ladakh with Jammu and Kashmir.

Although India believes that the end of Kashmir’s special status is an internal issue for the government to better control the situation here, Pakistan has called for international intervention and at the same time approved a resolution. criticizing New Delhi’s unilateral action.

Kashmir is the territory where most Muslims live. Kashmir is now divided into two parts managed by India and Pakistan, but both countries receive sovereignty over the entire territory. Despite the agreement reached in 2003 on compliance with the ceasefire, fighting still occurred between soldiers on the dividing line of Kashmir.

India tested a 500 kg guided bomb, responding to Pakistan firing missiles

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The Indian Air Force announced that it had successfully tested an accurate guided bomb with a mass of 500 kg, shortly after Pakistan fired a ballistic missile.

While Indian and Pakistani diplomats tried to be friendly, the two sides’ troops tested the powerful weapons in turn. On May 24, the Indian Air Force announced that it had successfully tested a smart glide bomb, able to adjust flight paths during a free fall. New bombs weighing 500 kg. It has a mechanism similar to the US JDAM smart bomb.

“The guided bomb has reached the desired range and hit the target with high accuracy. All the tasks set out are met” – RT quoted a press release from the Indian Weapons Research and Development Agency (DRDO).

The smart guided bomb test took place two days after the test of the BrahMos cruise missile, one of the world’s fastest anti-ship missiles with a range of more than 300 km.

Between two tests of Indian weapons, Pakistan also displayed its military strength with the successful test of the Shaheen II medium-range ballistic missiles. The missile may carry a conventional or nuclear warhead with a range of more than 1,500 km.

One noteworthy detail is that the tested weapons of India and Pakistan can carry nuclear warheads, the weapons of mass destruction that the two countries possess. Tests took place in the context of India’s vote counting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party will most likely win. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sent congratulations. He wrote on Twitter that he hoped Modi would work with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.

Pakistan continues to close airspace to India

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Pakistan annihilated many gunmen organizing the Islamic State

Pakistani security forces killed nine IS militants during a raid on terrorists, starting in the morning of May 16, in the mountain forest area of ​​Qabu Koh-e-Mehran.

Pakistani security forces have killed nine militants from the Islamic State (IS) organization claiming to be in pursuit of terrorists, starting in the morning of May 16, in the mountains of Qabu Koh, in Mastung district, 47 km from the city of Quetta, southwest of this country.

According to Pakistani officials, four security personnel were injured in the campaign. Security forces conducted the operation after receiving intelligence about the IS gunmen’s hideout. Also, in the campaign, security forces seized a large number of weapons and ammunition, including missile launchers and bombs.

Pakistani security forces conduct a raid campaign amid gunmen intensifying attacks across the country during the holy month of Ramadan. At least 5 policemen were killed, in the latest attack, on May 13 in Quetta. IS announced to proceed with this attack.

Pakistan decided to continue to close airspace to India

Pakistan’s top important defense and aviation officials have decided to keep the airspace closure order until May 30 after the election of the Indian House of Representatives. Pakistan on May 15 decided to continue to close airspace for flights to and from India by May 30

Responding to the decision, Pakistan Airlines (PIA) said that closing the airspace to India is unreasonable when railroads and roads between the two countries still operate normally. According to PIA, the company not only suffered serious financial losses but also lost passengers to other rival airlines.

India’s Air India also reported a significant increase in costs for flights to Europe and the US due to the longer route due to the closure of Pakistan’s airspace. Flights to and from India often have to travel directly through Pakistan, a country in the middle of an important international air corridor.