After Abu Dhabi crown prince, PTI tweets PM Khan's message in Hindi

Updated 05 March 2019

After Abu Dhabi crown prince, PTI tweets PM Khan's message in Hindi

  • Premier declines nomination for Nobel, says only person who resolves Kashmir issue is worthy of it
  • Post garnered more than 100,000 likes and 30,000 retweets  

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), took a note out of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Twitter feed on March 3 to repost a message in Hindi for Indians across the globe.
Sheikh Nahyan's message, posted on February 28, included two tweets -- one in Urdu and the other in Hindi -- addressed to nationals of both countries in a bid to defuse the ongoing crisis.



Translated into English the Hindi read: ‘Mohammed bin Zayed emphasized the importance of addressing recent developments and prioritising dialogue.’

Tensions along the border took a turn for the worse following a suicide attack on February 14 which killed at least 40 paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, with New Delhi maintaining that the attack was carried out by a Pakistan-based militant outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad. Pakistan denies the allegations.
The incident led to both the countries indulging in airstrikes resulting in Pakistan capturing an Indian Air Force pilot on February 27.
While Islamabad decided to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on March 1 as a peace gesture, Pakistan's armed forces continue to remain vigilant.
The PTI reposted Sheikh Nahyan's tweet opening a floodgate of messages on the social media platform, with several asking for Prime  Minister Imran Khan's to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his decision to return the pilot to India.
However, Khan took to Twitter on Sunday to shoot down the idea.


 
"I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace prize," he wrote, adding that the "person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace & human development in the subcontinent".
His tweet, which has been liked more than 100,000 times and retweeted 30,000 times was translated into Hindi by the PTI.

The PTI has a trackrecord of wishing India on its national holidays such as Diwali and more. However, with the current state of affairs, the need for dialogue, deescalation and peace talks being was solidified by the tweet in Hindi.
 


Pakistan Medical Association, doctors fear coronavirus surge as lockdowns lifted nationwide

Updated 09 August 2020

Pakistan Medical Association, doctors fear coronavirus surge as lockdowns lifted nationwide

  • Islamabad’s PIMS hospital had less than 10 coronavirus patients before Eid Al-Adha but new patients coming in since
  • Pakistan announced on Thursday it was opening virtually all sectors closed down in March to stem the spread of COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and infectious disease experts on Thursday warned of a possible surge in coronavirus cases due to a premature lifting of restrictions, as the government announced a day earlier that it was opening virtually all sectors closed down in March to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Pakistan shut schools and land borders nearly five months ago, decided to limit domestic and international flights and discouraged large gatherings to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. But with infections and deaths down nearly 80 percent since their peak as per government records, the government decided on Thursday to lift the lockdowns to help the country return to normalcy.
Pakistan celebrated the Eid Al-Adha religious holiday last week. After the last major Islamic festival, of Eid Al-Fitr, in May, infections rose to their peak in Pakistan.
Dr. Nasim Akhtar, head of infectious diseases at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad, told Arab News the coronavirus ward at her hospital only had five to six patients before Eid, but new patients had once again started coming in.
“Cases registered a sharp increase after Eid Al-Fitr, and this can happen now again with the lifting of the lockdowns,” she said, adding that the government should have waited at least two more weeks to reopen restaurants and other public places.
“This is a bit early, and may worsen the situation again,” Akhtar said.
The World Health Organization has said “extreme vigilance” was needed as countries begin to exit from lockdowns, amid global concerns about a second wave of infections.
Germany earlier reported an acceleration in new coronavirus infections after it took early steps to ease its lockdown. South Korea, another country that had succeeded in limiting virus infections, saw a new outbreak.
“The next week is crucial to see if the infections soar as just one week has passed now since the Eid holidays,” Dr. Qaiser Sajjad, secretary-general of the Pakistan Medical Association, told Arab News.

 

 

Cases could also surge during the Islamic month of Muharram, which begins in late August, he said, and due to independence day celebrations on August 14. Huge crowds come out all over the world, including in Muslim-majority Pakistan, to commemorate the slaying of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
“We think that the opening of all these things in a hurry ... probably this will create problems for us,” Sajjad said.
He said infections had risen sharply in the United States and Brazil after the nations lifted restrictions when cases initially declined. Spain reported 1,772 new coronavirus infections on Aug 6, marking the biggest jump since a national lockdown was lifted in June.
University of Health Sciences vice chancellor Javed Akram, however, called the reopening of public places a “wise decision.”
“The government cannot keep the cities and businesses under lockdown forever,” he said. “People should follow health guidelines to fight the virus.”