Lawyers seek basic rights in N. Areas
31 October 2003
SKARDU: The district bar association, Ghangche, has expressed concern over non-implementation of a verdict of the Supreme Court regarding provision of basic rights to the people of Northern Areas. Association president Syed Tahir Ali Shah and other members of the Bar demanded of Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and the law ministry to ensure implementation of the apex court verdict of May 28, 1999. They also urged the government to establish a Supreme Court appellate bench in the region and to appoint additional sessions judges in Gilgit, Skardu and Diamir, judicial magistrate in all sub-divisions, senior civil judges in Gilgit, Skardu and Diamir districts. MEDICAL CAMP A three-day free medical camp has concluded here at Hotspring (Khorkondo village of Kundas) Siachin Glaciers in Northern Areas. The camp was set up under the auspices of the FCNA command to provide health facilities to the remote areas people. During the two days, the people of Hotspring and adjoining areas of Kundas enjoyed full medical treatment facilities through medical specialists, surgeons, ENT specialists, dental surgeons, radiologists and medical officers. Ultrasound, x-ray, ECG, laboratory and minor operation facilities were also provided at the camp. Chronic cases were detected; medical check-ups of school students were conducted; schoolchildren, teachers and the youth were given lectures on basic health, first aid and basic code of cleanliness in society. Free medicines and rations were also given to the patients. FCNA medical services Director Col Riaz Ahmed Raja told PPI that about 1,585 patients were examined during the camp. He said Northern Areas Force Commander Maj-Gen Tahir Mehmood was taking special and personal interest in providing educational and health facilities to the people of the LoC under a socio-civic-uplift programme in Northern Areas and medical camps were part of that programme. The director said that due to those camps and other activities, feelings of love were being raised in the hearts of general public for the Pakistan army in Northern Areas.