LAHORE: PML-N ‘plot’ is behind ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s fake coronavirus vaccine entry, Prime Minister’s special assistant for communications said on Saturday politician, Shahbaz Gill.
The plot was hatched to defame the country’s coronavirus database, the special assistant said at a press conference.
Gill claimed that PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and a group of Punjabi assembly members drew up the plan, and the MPAs named a man named Naveed responsible for the act.
“Naveed is a resident of Shad Bagh – a region of Lahore – and his whole family is a supporter of PML-N,” said the special assistant.
Gill further stated that the Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore, where the false entry was made, belongs to the constituency of Imran Nazir and Chaudhry Shahbaz of PML-N.
Chaudhry Shahbaz had used his influence to hire Adil Rafiq – a person suspected of being involved in the affair. “MPA Chaudhry Shahbaz will have to answer for this,” said Gill.
The special assistant said the MPA’s social media account is filled with photos of him posting with the PML-N MPAs. “The cancer of corruption has spread to all institutions,” he added.
Returning to Naveed, Gill said he had fled to Germany and the government would work to get him back.
The PML-N had a plan in place whereby it had its own people appointed to institutions, said the special assistant, adding: “Indian media have highlighted the problem to slander Pakistan.
A spurious coronavirus vaccine entry was made into the National Immunization Management System (NIMS) using Nawaz’s name at the Kot Khawaja Saeed government hospital in Lahore on Wednesday, September 22.
According to the false entry, Nawaz, who is currently in London, received his first injection of the COVID-19 Sinovac vaccine at 4:03 p.m. in hospital on Wednesday.
“Fake vaccine, fake case”
PML-N chief Talal Chaudhry, responding to Gill’s remarks, said: “Not only has Nawaz Sharif’s name been used for fake vaccines, but fake cases have also been brought against him.”
The PML-N chief said Gill was making allegations against Maryam to bolster his political stature. “Everything that is wrong in the country has been brought in by the PTI – a wrong leader, a wrong change and a wrong government.”
Meanwhile, PML-N Punjab spokeswoman Azma Bukhari questioned claims that Maryam made changes to official documents while the PTI is in power. “If the PML-N is really that powerful today, then you should pack your bags and go home,” she told the government.
Punjab government suspends health workers
The government of Punjab has suspended the medical superintendent (MS) and a chief medical officer at Lahore hospital due to the entry of fake vaccines.
The suspended officers were ordered to report immediately to the health service.
In addition, cases have been recorded against three other hospital employees, two of whom were arrested.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the police have recorded separate cases in this regard.
According to the cybercrime wing of the FIA, guard Abul Hassan and guard Adil used the ID card of a third employee, Naveed, to capture former Prime Minister Nawaz’s fake entry into the system.
Police registered cases against the three suspects and arrested Abul Hassan and Adil.
In addition, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) summoned the Punjab’s health secretary to Islamabad in response to the evolving situation.
Report submitted to CM Buzdar
Provincial health officials also prepared a report regarding the controversy and shared it with the Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar, highlighting the failings of the hospital’s monitoring and supervision systems.
“Four hospital employees admitted to tampering with Nawaz Sharif’s data,” the report said, adding that no senior staff were deployed to the health facility and management had authorized lower-level staff. to update the file.
The Punjab’s primary and secondary health care department learned of the incident and wrote a letter to the FIA and asked them to investigate the case and take necessary action against the culprits.