KARACHI - An infant girl died yesterday in the hands of his helpless father who was barred from entering a hospital because of security protocol of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The Pakistan People Party chief along with the CM was to inaugurate Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Center near the Civil Hospital Karachi.

In an outrageous statement, senior Sindh minister Nisar Khuhro said nothing was more precious to him than his party chairman Bilawal Bhutto.

Ten months old Bisma had measles and was suffering from high grade fever. Her father, Faisal Baloch, failed to get her to the hospital on time because of the strict security, though the family is living in Gabol Park Lyari - at a short distance from the hospital.

Heavy contingents of law enforcers cordon off the entire locality yesterday since early morning in the name of security to the VVIPs.

The scheduled operations were also postponed and treatment of the patients severely hampered as hospital staffers were engaged in welcome preparations.

Fighting the odds of inquiry at check points and the traffic mess caused by the security protocol, Faisal somehow reached near the hospital but was denied access by the security men deployed around the hospital building for quite some time.

Carrying the body of her daughter, he told newsmen outside the hospital that “the security men didn’t allow me to enter into the hospital”. The crying and screaming father said that the VIP protocol took life of her angel.

He said that when he finally got access to the hospital, it was too late as doctors told him that she would have been alive “if you had brought her ten minutes ago”. Faisal said, “I was stuck in the VVIP protocol for half an hour.”

CHK Medical Superintendent Dr Saeed Ahmed Qureshi said that the main emergency gate and Baba-e-Urdu Road gate were open for public but Faisal was trying to enter from the gate of trauma centre. He maintained that the hospital management doesn’t close doors for patients at any time.

Almost all political parties and social groups condemned the incident and held Sindh government responsible for the death of innocent girl. MQM convener Dr Nadeem Nusrat in statement said that FIR must be registered against the responsible.

In a statement largely being perceived as outrageous by the opposition parties, senior Sindh minister Nisar Khuhro said nothing was more precious to him than his party chairman.

Reacting to the death of Lyari’s infant, Khuhro said he sympathises if anyone has died, but the “most precious life is Bilawal’s”. He went on to say that chief minister was also coming to attend the ceremony which was why tight security was needed.

Some other PPP leaders too were seen giving condemnable statements. Health Minister Jam Mehtab said death is in hands of God and that this was a ‘matter of routine’.

A statement issued from the Bilawal House blamed media for creating hype. The spokesperson said Bisma did not die because of Bilawal’s VIP protocol, adding that the convoy did not even go through the route of the Civil Hospital. The statement said “the media is venting out its anger”.

However, after the electronic media flashed images of the poor father and his dead kid, PPP Chairman Bilawal took ‘strong notice’ of the incident and ordered Sindh government for an ‘impartial’ inquiry and making the findings public. Bilawal also talked to Faisal on phone and condoled with him the death of his daughter.

Former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also called Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and asked him to conduct an inquiry.

After the phone call, the CM visited the house of the victim family and announced a government job for the father the deceased kid. He assured the parent for justice said that DIG was conducting an inquiry to fix responsibility.

On the occasion scores of the residence chanted slogans against the PPP and CM Sindh while father of deceased girl while talking to the newsmen urged for not politicizing the issue.

Some TV channels reported Bisma’s relatives as saying that police was pressing Faisal to bury the issue.

Earlier, Nadia Gabool, CM’s coordinator for Human Rights, also reached at the residence of deceased girl for condolence where residents of the area chanted slogans against her, the PPP leaders and the VIP culture.