Government and opposition members clashed with each other in the Sindh Assembly on Friday (May 17) over the detection of HIV cases in Larkana. Lawmakers resorted to verbal and physical abuse at each other on Friday after the opposition was not given permission to speak on the HIV controversy.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Haleem Adil Sheikh sought Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani’s permission to begin debate on the issue, but the latter did not allow the MPA asking him to table the resolution after completion of the assembly’s proceedings. .
The recent HIV outbreak in Larkana, Sindh, has become an alarming threat for Pakistan as recently HIV positive toll has been climbed to 500 in just 17 days, according to unofficial estimates. Around 23 children and five women are among the 39 new cases, which surfaced at Taluka Hospital of Ratodero, Larkana’s town where the highest number of cases have been registered. The total number of the positive cases has reached 519, as per the unofficial estimates.