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MULTAN - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that President Asif Zardari has put democracy on stake for prolonging his own rule.

Talking to Nawa-e-Waqt/TheNation here the other day, Qureshi lashed out at the government, saying the rulers did not possess any vision and that they were a weird collection of people with different directions. He added that President Zardari delivered serious damage to the political system. “It is need of the hour that entire serious leadership of PPP should sit together to ponder over the situation and ask President Zardari not to put the country on stake,” he added. He was of the opinion that the PPP still had such leaders in its ranks who could correctly analyse the situation. “They should play their role instead of keeping mum,” he asserted. He also asked the political allies of the government to play their role and prevent an individual to disrupt entire system.

He said that the message and vision of PTI in prevailing situation was very clear that it wanted rule of law and constitution in the country. “We want an independent judiciary in the country and we seek implementation of courts’ orders,” he added. He categorically declared that the PTI would support judiciary if the government continued its tug of war with the Supreme Court. He further announced that the PTI would oppose all unconstitutional acts of the government. He said that the rulers failed on all fronts as problems like price hike, unemployment and loadshedding made the lives of common citizens highly miserable. He was of the opinion that the prevailing regime was responsible for the plight of masses.

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Addressing a new conference here at his office on Thursday, he said that numerous complaints regarding absence of staff from BHUs and other health outlets were received and the department was considering launching crackdown on the bunks. He added that strict action would be taken against those who drew their salaries while sitting at their homes. He said that all out efforts would be made to ensure availability of maximum healthcare facilities at the BHUs.

When asked as to why health officials did not take action against quacks and illegal blood centres, he said that there was no appropriate law to launch crackdown on quacks, blood banks and unhygienic food points. “That’s why we can’t take any stern action against them,” he added.

Referring to Dengue and polio, he said that the health department had marked both the diseases as its target. “We’re going to launch a dengue campaign by the end of February during which entire city will be fumigated. We’ll try to kill the larva of this killer mosquito before coming spring,” he added. He said that Multan was polio free for the last two years and all out efforts would be made to uphold this status. He said that the entire society needed to wage jihad against polio and dengue. He disclosed that the upcoming polio vaccination drive would run between January 30 and February 1. He asked the masses to immediately lodge a complaint with the health department if polio teams did not approach them.