Two provincial lawmakers, one from Punjab and the other from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, passed away from Covid-19 on Wednesday, a day after Sindh minister Ghulam Murtaza Baloch died from the deadly virus.
In KP, ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Mian Jamshedud Din Kakakhel died at Islamabad’s Kalsoom Hospital. He was on a ventilator after having tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week. Kakakhel, 65, was elected to the provincial assembly from Nowshera in 2018.
Later in the day, PML-N MPA from Punjab’s Wazirabad, Shaukat Manzoor Cheema passed away from the virus. Cheema had been undergoing treatment at the Pakistan Kidney And Liver Institute (PKLI) in Lahore.
Two more MPAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly also tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Both the MPAs belonged to the Awami National Party (ANP).
The ANP confirmed that Faisal Zeb Khan and Salahuddin Khan had tested positive.
KP Director General Health Services Dr Tahir Nadeem went into quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus a day earlier. A notification from the health department confirmed that Nadeem had gone into quarantine and stated that Additional Director General Dr Niaz Mohammad would assume charge until the former returned.
A day earlier, Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, Sindh’s minister for human settlement, died after testing positive for coronavirus more than three weeks ago, officials and his family sources said.
The 55-year-old senior member of the PPP, who was elected member of the Sindh Assembly from the party’s stronghold of PS-88 (Malir), tested positive for Covid-19 on May 14. His condition from day one, the officials said, remained critical and he was even shifted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital.
Some half a dozen members of the Sindh Assembly belonging to both the opposition and ruling parties have tested positive for Covid-19 during the last one month.