Adviser to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique on Monday claimed that three people died when ambulances or vehicles ferrying them to hospitals remained stranded due to road blockades caused by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shutdown of Lahore.
A 17-day-old newborn, Sidra Riaz, died while being shifted to Children’s Hospital in an ambulance. She died on way because an ambulance could not move further from Shahdara More. According to Khawaja Salman Rafique, a 15-year-old boy, a resident of Gujranwala was on way to a hospital but he also lost his life because of PTI’s blockade of roads. The boy died in Shahdara area.
Moreover, a heart patient, Amanat, lost his life on his way to hospital in a rickshaw at the Joray Bridge, near Harbanspura. According to Slaman, Amanat also failed to cross hurdles created by the PTI activists. PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari, however, said that her party is not responsible for the deaths as PTI protesters did not cause hurdles in the movement of any ambulance.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT