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Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

MITHI: Cows roam freely in the border city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan. Here, "Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus," said Sham Das, a 72-year-old pensioner. "They do not kill cows, or only in remote places, but not in Hindu neighbourhoods." Unlike in the rest of Pakistan, cattle in Mithi live very well. They eat as they please, often from rubbish bins, and fall asleep on the roads.…

Murad assigns Child Foundation to assess pediatric facilities at Mithi hospital

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday assigned Child Foundation the task to assess pediatric facilities at Mithi hospital and present him report in a week. "I am worried about the children of Thar who still need special attention," he said while holding a meeting with a delegation of Child Foundation here at the CM House. He directed the Child Foundation to send their professional team to Mithi Civil Hospital to inspect their entire facilities and give him a report within a week on the missing…

Infant dies of malnutrition in Mithi, pushes monthly death toll to 24

MITHI: A child died at Civil Hospital Mithi on Saturday, pushing the death toll of children from malnutrition this month, in Sindh's desert district of Tharparkar to 24. Sources at the hospital said that the infants died due to malnutrition during the treatment. With death of 24 children this month, the year’s death rate in the area raised to 488 children. According to health experts, the major causes of these deaths are malnutrition and lack of proper healthcare facilities in Tharparkar an arid region bordering India.…

Afsheen, the girl whose head hangs down to her left

Mithi: Eight years old Afsheen wait for a Messiah Afsheen the girls whose head hangs down to her left was only eight months old when she met with an accident while playing outside which lead to her head hanging down to her left. Due to which she has trouble walking, talking, eating or doing anything on her own. Belonging to a poor family, there was nothing much her parents could do at that time to save their daughter from her misery. However, they took her to a faith healer for treatment but that only worsened…

Three more children die in Thar, raising current year death toll to 69

THARPARKAR: Three more children died due to malnutrition in Civil Hospital Mithi raising the death toll to 69 in current year, ARY News reported on Friday. The deceased children were under treatment among 16 others in the hospital. Sindh health department has confirmed at least 18 deaths in last one month due to malnutrition in drought-hit arid zone of Thar facing similar situation aggravated by the inattention of the government. In recent years, Tharparkar district has remained in the media limelight for drought,…

Thar Boy thrashed for making fake Facebook ID

MITHI: A seventh-grade student was thrashed for making a fake Facebook account, ARY News reported. According to details, Aqeel, student of a private school in Tharparkar district had created a fake Facebook identity in the name of the girl, reportedly a female classmate. The boy's act infuriated the girl's brothers who took him to their house and violently thrashed him leaving him unconscious. After the incident, the boy is staying home and has been unable to attend school. Aqeel denies making the fake Facebook…