IHC to hear petition against parliamentary body probing Gulalai’s allegations today

ISLAMABAD: Justice Aamer Farooq will hear a petition today (Wednesday) that challenged the constitution of a parliamentary committee to probe into MNA Ayesha Gulalai’s harassment allegations against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Riaz Hanif filed a petition against the committee in Islamabad High Court, naming National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Gulalai, Imran and Islamabad Inspector General of Police as respondents.

The petition alleges that the parliamentary committee formed to probe into the matter is based on ill intentions, and will result in the waste of money and time.

“The National Assembly was formed for lawmaking and discussing matters of national interest,” the petition states. “The PM deviated from the powers vested in him by the state by forming this committee.”

Hanif further stated that the order to provide security to Gulalai is wrong as she levelled allegations but did not disclose the language used in the messages.

Two siblings die after drinking contaminated spring water

MANSEHRA: Two siblings died and three more were hospitalised after they drank contaminated water from a spring in Khabal village of Oghi tehsil here on Tuesday.

“We declared emergency in local hospitals following the death of two siblings over the consumption of a spring’s contaminated water as suggested by preliminary investigation,” district health officer Dr Shahzad Ali Khan told reporters.

Five children of Gulab Khan had fetched water from a spring close to their Khabal village. They all fell ill after consuming that water and were shifted the Charbagh basic health unit, where two, including Sadia, 11, and Mohammad Safdar, 3, died.

The rest, including Mohammad Akhtar, Gul Nawaz and Maimoona, were referred to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital, Mansehra, where the condition of Gul Nawaz was reported to be critical.

The DHO said following the deaths, villagers used mosque loudspeakers to warn others against using the spring’s water.

He said the department had begun investigation to ascertain the cause of the deaths.

“Besides other possibilities, we are also investigating if something poisonous was added to the spring,” he said.

Dr Shahzad said a team of sanitation workers and medics had been dispatched to the village, while an extra supply of medicines had been sent to the hospitals.

He said the department had collected samples of the spring’s water, which would be sent to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, for detailed laboratory examination.

The DHO said the people of Khabal and adjoining villages were being educated on the ways to maintain hygiene to prevent outbreak of gastroenteritis.

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