FAISALABAD - Two robbers were killed and a cop injured in a shootout with the police here early Sunday morning.

According to details, a police patrolling party approached two robbers who had set up a picket and were looting passers-by near Makwana Bypass. As soon as the outlaws saw the police, they opened firing on the police, injuring a policeman identified as Altaf. In retaliatory fire both robbers identified as Aamir Nadeem and Faisal Ali were also killed. It is to be noted that both the robbers killed in the shootout had been got freed from police custody by their accomplices. Four policemen including a sub-inspector were suspended for negligence in the incident.  Earlier, the families of the deceased had termed fleeing of the two absconders as drama and had expressed feared that they will be killed in fake police encounter.

Mother, child healthcare week begins today:

The main objective of observing mother and child healthcare week is to protect both from various diseases through awareness about hygienic principles and creation of a healthy environment, said DCO Farasat Iqbal Chaudhry.

He was addressing the participants of a walk held under the supervision of EDO (Health) Dr Athar Iqbal and DHDC Incharge Dr Waheedur Rehman Shah and led by DCO Farasat Iqbal Chaudhry from Fayyaz Park to Chowk Khatchery. Speaking on the occasion, Farasat said that the mother and child healthcare week campaign started in the district with the aim to minimise mortality rate among pregnant women and infants. “The campaign will started from Monday (today) and continue till November 9, and all officials of the Health Department and Lady Health Workers (LHWs) will participate in the drive”, said the DCO.

He disclosed that pneumonia and diarrhoea were the major cause of mortality among infants and breastfeeding at least for first six months could create a handsome resistance in children against many diseases which could reduce the infant mortality. He said the Unicef, WHO, Mnch Programme and other departments like Education, Social Welfare, Family Planning, Local Government and Community Development had joined hands to make the mother and child healthcare week a success. He also directed the EDO Health to give de-worming medicines to children of the age group of two to five years and folic acid tablets to pregnant women to protect them against anaemia.