MULTAN - Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah has said that the world has seen the fate of traitors of the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) like Khar and Leghari and anyone following in their footsteps will end up like them.

Talking to the journalists here at the residence of late senator Malik Salah Uddin Dogar after condoling his death, Mr Shah added that the Pakistan Peoples partyPPP always rewarded those who were loyal to the party while the fate of traitors like Ghulam Mustafa Khar and Leghari was quite visible. "An ordinary worker like me was made the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan. This is how President Asif Ali Zardari honoured all workers," he added.

He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reflected his mother and he was the only person who could replace her. He said that the residents of Gilgit loved Bhutto family since Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto announced a reforms programme for Gilgit. "Once Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif asked me as to why the residents of Gilgit have inclination towards the PPP and I told him its because the PPP gave them their identity," he added.

PTN ALL PARTIES MOOT: The Pakistan Tehrik Naujawanan (PTN) is going to hold an All Parties Conference in Multan on January 2, disclosed PTN president Malik Saqib Mahmood Mahy.

He disclosed that the provincial and national level leadership of all political and social parties were invited to the conference nd it would prove a milestone in creation of new provinces.

He added that the PTN took this initiative to promote solidarity at national level and the moot was going to further strengthen national security. He said that the PTN had come into ground to retain the rights of the youth and it would continue its struggle till achievement of this goal.

Speakers raise alarms about AIDS threat: Speakers at a seminar disclosed on Thursday that over 40 million people across the world were heading towards a certain death because of AIDS, asking the masses to adopt all precautionary measures to avert the deadly disease.

The seminar was organised by an NGO Nai Zindagi Pakistan in connection with awareness creation campaign on AIDS.

Speaking on this occasion, Punjab Minister for Auqaf Haji Ehsan Uddin Qureshi said that AIDS was a deadly incurable disease that jolted entire world. He added that the number of AIDS patients increased in Pakistan, especially the drug addicts who used same needle fell prey to it. He said that strict laws were needed to prevent the spread of AIDS.

 "There should be strict ban on multiple use of one needle, unscreened blood transfusion, use of unsterilized surgical equipment and unsafe sexual relations," he suggested. He asked all sections of society, government departments and local administration to fully cooperate with the NGOs working on awareness creation.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Rana Mahmoodul Hassan said that we could defeat AIDS by adopting Islamic code of life as this deadly disease made its way because of unnatural behaviours and illicit relations. "We'll have to play our role to protect coming generations from this disease," he added.