Islamabad: Kashmiri political activists have slammed Pakistan for shifting coronavirus affected people from the eastern province of Punjab and the rest of the country to Mirpur city in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The activists said that the Pakistani establishment was deliberately spreading the coronavirus to get international aid.
Nasir Aziz Khan, spokesperson of United Kashmir People’ National Party: ”When Coronavirus started spreading across the world, many countries took it seriously and used their best infrastructure to fight the pandemic. For example, Italy has the best infrastructure in medicine. Similarly, Switzerland and other European countries like Germany, France, Great Britain, and Belgium, spared no attempt to fight the pandemic”.
And despite having the best medical infrastructure, they are not able to stop the number of casualties. The virus continues to spread rapidly, said Nasir, a political activist from the PoK, now settled in Zurich, Switzerland. He condemned Pakistan’s move to shift coronavirus patients to PoK, despite it having a lot of free areas and hospitals.
Nasir said: ”As soon as coronavirus started spreading across Pakistan, they did not take it seriously. In Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), there was only one positive case. Positive cases of coronavirus from Punjab province are being shifted to Mirpur city of PoK. Here, there are no basic health facilities and they used to take their patients to other parts of Pakistan for treatment. Some patients die while transporting them to hospitals due to poor road infrastructure”.
The activist said that there is no testing facility in the PoK that could do basic blood and urine tests and noted the coronavirus test needs trained doctors and testing kits. ”In Pakistan, there are better hospitals as compared to PoK, but they are shifting coronavirus positive cases to this region. When the locals started protesting, they were harassed,” he said.