Our Staff Reporter

MULTAN

A strong group of former parliamentarians and politicians from Shujabad and Jalalpur Pirwala Tehsils has joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The turncoats belong to PPPP including former provincial minister and PPP's ticket-holder from NA-153 Rana Qasim Noon, former Tehsil Nazim Shujabad Rana Sohail Noon, former Tehsil Nazim Jalalpur Pirwala Dewan Nasir Bohari and their supporters.

Talking to the journalists on this occasion, PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that a number of PML-N leaders would also announce joining PTI very soon. He said that the PPP deviated from the ideology of Bhutto and therefore its ideological workers joined PTI.

He strongly criticized PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and said that his own son differed with his politics. "That's why Bilawal refused to join party's Youm-e-Tasees function in Lahore," he added.  He said that the morale of PTI workers went up because of PPP leaders' joining PTI.

He claimed that PTI's ongoing struggle was meant to create a new Pakistan free of corruption, injustice and illiteracy. He said that his party strived to achieve the goal of free, fair and transparent elections in the country and all other major parties like PPPP and JI supported its demand for resignation of all four provincial election commissioners.

He said that the PTI demanded a judicial commission for investigation into rigging of general elections. He claimed that the old members of PTI and PML-N joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf after agreeing with PTI's manifesto.

Punjab okays 597 beds for Nishtar Hospital 

The Nishtar Hospital has got 597 new beds as the provincial government fulfilled longstanding demand of the residents of South Punjab and the Punjab Health Department increased the total number of beds in Nishtar Hospital up to 1,700 from existing 1,103.

Health sources said that the notification regarding increase in number of beds had been issued by the department. The hospital administration sent many written requests to the health department for increase in bed strength while the Medical Superintendent of the hospital also briefed the health high-ups recently on newly built buildings in the hospital.

Meanwhile, talking to The Nation, Chairman Board of Management of Nishtar Hospital Kh Jalal Uddin Roomi said that it was a great gift to the residents of South Punjab and this decision would offer more healthcare facilities to the public. He added that the Provincial Government had formed a four-member committee comprising Secretary Health, Adviser Health, Commissioner and DCO Multan to give opinion on hospital administration's demands and the committee gave verdict in favour of public's demands.

He disclosed that the largest ICU ward in South Punjab would become functional in Nishtar Hospital very soon and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would inaugurate it. He further revealed that the cardiology ward of the hospital would also be redesigned on modern lines. He hoped that with an addition of 597 new beds, the hospital would get a 50 percent increase in its existing budget besides new doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.