The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) has registered separate corruption and fraud cases against eight government employees including five assistant sub-inspectors and two Patwaris after inquiries which found them guilty.

According to ACE Gujranwala Regional Director Rana Shehzad Saeed, SI Amir Shehzad extorted Rs25,000 bribe, ASI Aslam Rs95,000, ASI Nazir Bajwa Rs25,000, ASI Intikhab Rs30,000, ASI Tariq Rs3,500, Patwari Ehsanullah Rs15,000, Patwari Ismail Rs50,000 and Health Department assistant accountant Akram extorted Rs2,000 from the people in different cases by using their departmental influence. ACE has sent the accused behind bars after registering separate cases against them.

QUACKS BEHIND HEPATITIS SPREAD: There are 13 million patients of hepatitis in Pakistan and the number is rising while the deaths caused by hepatitis are more than those caused by malaria and typhoid in the Asian countries, officials disclosed.

Social Security Hospital Chief Consultant Dr Ammar Kaleem and Dr Fawad Iqbal Janjua addressing an anti-hepatitis awareness seminar said that the quacks were spreading hepatitis rapidly in Pakistan by reusing surgical instruments, and due to insufficient measures of blood transfusion. They expressed grave concern over the situation, and said that the practice was still going unchecked by the quacks who had been playing with the precious lives.

They urged the government to ensure stern legal action against the quacks to halt the rapid growth of hepatitis. Medical Superintendent Dr Syed Ejaz Hussain Kazmi, Deputy MS Dr Tayyub Sarwar Mir, Dr Irfan Baig and Dr Saima Rafiq also spoke in the seminar. They gave awareness about the preventive and anti-hepatitis measures. They said the people could control hepatitis by ensuring timely implementation of preventive steps.

computerised PT-10 forms: The Excise and Taxation Department has started issuance of 10,000 computerized PT-10 Forms to property owners for collection of property taxes with a 10 percent increase in Gujranwala city. The Excise and Taxation Department has declared Gujranwala city’s two circles as model in this regard.