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Teenage Irum Bibi who had sustained critical burns in an acid a few days ago lost her battle for life here in hospital. She was matriculated and was the only daughter of her parents and lone sister of five brothers. She was laid to rest in the graveyard of village Jatial, almost 18-km away from here.

Police have registered a murder case against the culprit who committed the inhumane crime by throwing acid on Irum Bibi.

According sources, the culprit namely Dilawar, a cousin of Irum, is a member of a banned organisation and after committing the crime had fled to Karachi. It is to be recalled that on Nov 11, when Irum was in her home the culprit clad in a Burqa holding a bottle in his hand entered her house and said to Irum if you cannot marry him then face the consequences and threw acid on her face and escaped.

Reportedly, 70 percent of her face was badly burnt. She immediately shifted to POF Hospital Burn Unit Waha and then to different hospitals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but she could not recover and succumbed to her burns. From where did the culprit manage to get acid is another question and the police must keep in mind this question while investigating the case. Her elderly father Liaqat who is in great shock after the death of his daughter has demanded President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Shairf to take notice of the incident and order the police to arrest the culprit and give him an exemplary punishment.

Punjab committed to overcome dengue: State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said on Saturday that the Punjab government was taking all possible measures to check the spread of dengue fever and provide best possible treatment to the patients in all public sector hospitals across the province.

Addressing a seminar here at Fatima Jinnah Hall, he said that Punjab Chief Minister was himself looking after the anti-dengue campaign. He said that dengue was a curable disease and could be controlled through timely treatment and prevention. Full sleeve shirts must be worn by the people in the morning and evening, with anti-mosquito sprays at homes and use of mosquito repellent lotions.

The minister said that precautions had been ensured at government level, however, public must also cooperate for their own benefit. He emphasised upon the people to ensure cleanliness in their houses and surrounding areas, and ensure that water was not accumulated in open areas. He said any one suffering from fever must immediately visit government hospitals, where all facilities were available there.

Later, the minister led a walk which was organized to create dengue prevention awareness among the people.