ISLAMABAD - Finally Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif heard the voice of ailing Baloch student Sheh Mureed drawing applause from nationalist Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) that the humanitarian gesture has won the hearts of Baloch people. The BNP-M had launched an appeal on social media urging donors and provincial governments to come forward and bear expenses of 15-year old Sheh Mureed who needs bone marrow transplant that will cost him Rs5 million.

Currently admitted in Agha Khan Hospital Karachi, the ailing student belongs to a poor Baloch family in Noshki district of Balochistan who had approached secretary general BNP-M and Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini for help. “Sardar Akhtar Mengal donated Rs500,000 from his pocket but physicians later said his medical expenses may exceed Rs5 million. I approached all the provincial governments but nobody paid any heed,” Senator Jamaldini told The Nation.

But on Tuesday, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif rang up Senator Jamaldini and assured him that the medical expenses of Sheh Mureed will be paid by the Punjab government. “The humanitarian gesture by the chief minister is no doubt a glad tiding for the patient and the destitute parents. But as a political leader I view this small act of kindness as a big symbolic thing for the estranged Baloch community. The help comes from nowhere but from Punjab,” the BNP- Mengal leader told The Nation. He said the chief minister has already sent a team of doctors to Karachi who will talk to the hospital administration regarding the expenditures on medical treatment of the ailing Baloch student.