CM's security protocol linked to child's death

Published: September 13, 2010
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Screen capture of the family demanding treatment for their child inside the hospital.

Screen capture of the family demanding treatment for their child inside the hospital.

Screen capture of the family demanding treatment for their child inside the hospital. CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was on a visit to the Children's Hospital.

LAHORE: A child allegedly died as a result of not receiving timely medical treatment due to the security protocol of CM Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif who was on a visit to the Children’s Hospital Lahore.

The baby’s father, Mohammad Farooq, a resident of Gujranwala has alleged that he was unable to bring the child to the Children’s Hospital in time due to strict security protocol for the Punjab chief minister around the hospital. He was speaking to the media outside the Children’s Hospital.

Farooq said he had brought two of his babies to the hospital, but security did not let him in. He later took his second infant to another hospital.

Dr Rathore of the Children’s Hospital has denied the father’s allegations and said the babies were immediately given proper medical attention upon their arrival at the hospital. He said the babies were born prematurely and were underweight and that the baby who died was already suffering from breathing problems. Dr Rathore also said that the arrival of the CM or other important personalities does not affect treatment of emergency cases.

Dr Saeed Elahi of the hospital said that they did not stop anyone at the entrance and that the CM Punjab directs not to block roads for his security.

The chief minister has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Nasreen
    Sep 13, 2010 - 12:30PM

    Very strange. Previous week Javed Chaudhary wrote an article to claim that the Punjab CM works wihout protocol. Was that article sponsored then? Why does media always try to hide real face of CM Punjab? Recommend

  • Atif Khan
    Sep 13, 2010 - 12:36PM

    Shame on you Shahbaz!!!Recommend

  • Moizuddin
    Sep 13, 2010 - 12:59PM

    What inquiry u wuld have?
    When u were the reason for the cause of the Death…!!!

    Thats a shame on u!!!Recommend

  • Shazif
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:04PM

    Really Shameful!!Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 1:15PM

    Shame Recommend

  • DejectedPakistani
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:40PM

    Shame on our so-called leaders and shame on the sycophants and serfs that surround them. This is not a death. It is a murder. Recommend

  • Nadeem Muazzmy
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:42PM

    SHAME on you Shahbaz…….Recommend

  • areefa azam
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:50PM

    As far as i have seen that Shahbaz usually moves without protocol but who knows wat happened at Children’s hospital….sometimes its the not the ppl at the highest level but the ppl appointed at the lowest level that act ‘chumcha’ and do all stuff of these inhumane acts …. lets see how Shahbaz deals with this situation ….which definitely has not added a good feather in his hat !!!!!!Recommend

  • Salman
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:54PM

    Now time is exposing those who had caused a great loss to the nation ………… these protocols and VIP cultures should now come to an end

    At least now the people of Punjab should realize who have they been voting for.Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Sep 13, 2010 - 1:58PM

    Wait – He has to announce the money to give it to child’s father and forget the case. What a shame..imagine if it had happend in Europe/America/UK or even in India. Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 2:15PM

    system is corrupt….all pm cm like it….Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 2:32PM

    A very sad aspect of protocol of the CM visit to the hospital and false justification of Dr Rathore to cover his insane act, This is a widely common practise among our doc’s to allegate the patient and their attendent to cover their brutal crime rightly deserve the title of ” Butchers” To tell lies and refrain truth is engrained in their mind to their failure of saving lives speaks of their performance and proffessionalism.Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 2:37PM

    Agreed with nasreen, what kind of protocol is that?Recommend

  • Adnan Adil
    Sep 13, 2010 - 2:41PM

    The government spin masters are claiming that the child died before the CM had arrived in the hospital and thus the CM’s visit did not cause the death. However, we all know that an area is sealed by security people much before the VVIPs reach there thus this excuse is misleading. An independent inquiry by the Supreme Court should be made to ascertain the facts. Recommend

  • M
    Sep 13, 2010 - 3:05PM

    Actually, one should go into the details before really condemning people. The security protocol and visits of dignitaries to hospitals are indeed a disturbance to the general public.

    In this case however, the child was brought to the hospital three hours after his delivery. He was barely 1 kgs and he was admitted. He was already at risk.

    While you ride the bandwagon and say “shame on you”, verify the facts!

    The death of the child is very unfortunate.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Sep 13, 2010 - 3:06PM

    Request to all of u……PLZ wait for Enquiry report……………….Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 3:52PM

    “Khadim e Aala” : )Recommend

  • Callen
    Sep 13, 2010 - 4:07PM

    unfortunate !!! @m even if that were true I’d rather say I’m guilty that I could not save the child than make frecked up excuses on why he did not meant to live.Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 4:08PM

    Shahbaz Sharif does not travel without protocol. His escort includes 7-9 cars including an ambulance and his own bulletproof BMW. It wasn’t so long ago when the Chief Secretary’s escort hit a retired Colonel and killed him. Doe anyone know what became of that incident? It was all hushed.

    It also wasn’t so long ago when Rehman Malik’s escort hit a biker and did not stop. And who can forget the girl student who died in the ambulance because “Mr.” Musharraf decided he wanted to go out and have a drink?

    It’s all the same. PM, CM, President, Army Chief, Ministers, they don’t care about this country or it’s people.

    I remember an incident that was widely publicized in the British press when the Principal Secretary of Tony Blair wrote a letter to the London Metro Police Chief about giving a one motorcycle (notice the irony?) escort to the Prime Minister’s car because he usually got late to the Parliament due to traffic rush. The Metro Chief asked the Principal Secretary to ask the Prime Minister to leave home 10 mins earlier than his normal time.

    This is Pakistan. Deaths do not make a difference to the “Nawabs of Pakistan”. And those who are entrusted with protecting our lives could not care less. Why do you expect Shahbaz Sharif to be any different?Recommend

  • Samreen
    Sep 13, 2010 - 4:10PM

    @Ahsan .. yes yes! wait for the Enquiry report prepared by GOVT OF PUNJAB!
    I know what enquiry report will say
    Shame on VVIP protocols.. These VVIPS are jinxed. they cause miseries wherever they go and whenever they move around!
    This is murder!Recommend

  • Aslam
    Sep 13, 2010 - 4:27PM

    @Ahsan, @M and @yousaf. What to wait? CM Punjab travels with a squad that has minimum number of 38 vehicles. If you like I can put here video to substantiate my claim. Kindly do not defend a criminal act. In this case the CM may not be responsible but the staff of the hospital do.

    Go a few months back when an honorable col (R) died of a similar kind of incident and if you further remember all the CM Chamchas came in the defense of the then culprit, the Chief Secretary. Is that enquiry still on? Does anybody know, and yet we are waiting for an enquiry.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Sep 13, 2010 - 4:52PM

    Will the CJ take suo moto notice?Recommend

  • fayyaz
    Sep 13, 2010 - 5:09PM

    Another photo session claims life this time. Strange enough as for mr shahbaz inquiry order. Where r the suomotoers. Oh sorry I forgot..justice has eyes in pakistan.Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 5:35PM

    GOOD **

    GOVERNANCE

    **Recommend

  • Asif Amin
    Sep 13, 2010 - 10:20PM

    Very heartburning news. Shame on Chief Minister and Hospital Administration. Fair inquiry must be held and result should be made public.Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2010 - 1:09AM

    Innalillahi wa innaalehe Rajeun..

    This what happends on roads, hospitals, and every sector. Whenever these guys are coming or are on the way the traffic/entrance is blocked. and the worst thing is that we cant do anything about it :(. This is our nation where every one has no equal rights. Its not happening for the first time, Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 14, 2010 - 3:04AM

    shame on you Shabaz ShariefRecommend

  • Sep 14, 2010 - 5:06AM

    Shameful!Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Sep 14, 2010 - 8:27AM

    Shame on you Shahbaz!!!
    Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:01AM

    Whose child he wanted to visit in the Children Hospital ??? Is this hospital located in the flood affected area or he simply went there as an Angle of Death ??? It is better for him and his Paajee to give all out importance to law and order/administrative side. Set some example for good governance no body wants to see what is your “Ania’n aur Jani’n”.Recommend

  • Hamza Baloch
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:07AM

    But cctv fotage show something else….Recommend

  • Azeem
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:26AM

    Yaar its just the boys father playing a game to get compensation. the boy was dead inside the hospital 45 minutes before the CM reached the hospital.Recommend

  • SA
    Sep 14, 2010 - 10:35AM

    Very sad news :(
    The CCTV footage can show whether the child arrived before or after CM’s arrival.. the incident shouldnt be difficult to invstigate :/…Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:01AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.VVIP protocol for our leaders has been the most favorite trend of security agencies and the lives of common men have been the most cheapest thing both for police and security agencies.This is why these types of events are happening in this country and common man is afraid of his security even in his house and all these conditions are changed just due to the implementation of Quran and Sunnah in Pakistan in true and real sense practically.Other wise nation shall see the such these types of mishaps frequently.The only person who is responsible of this death is Shehbaz Sharif and inquiry committee must be held against him not against the hospital employees.Recommend

  • Arfan
    Sep 14, 2010 - 2:59PM

    Simple – ‘Surgically and permanently’ remove all those that are responsible for any deaths; this includes VVIP movements and terrorists – they both do the same; bring nothing but fear and despair..

    Khadam-e-Aala (LOL) Masha Allah you have managed to kill someone else!

    So ‘our’ president buys flats in London while the nation drowns and ‘our’ cms waste OUR money on protocols and a/c rooms for Siberian tigers – OUR people die in OUR beautiful land.

    you don;t even deserve capital letters to your titles and more you guys are not an asset! Just leave us and get lost to your mansions and palaces in UK or Saudi or your factories in India!

    We built a nation from nothing in 1947, Masha Allah Alhamdulillah we can do it again NOW! We are more talented, more knowledgeable and far more capable as we only have one option as you have closed all others for us – jeeinge ya marenge it’s only here!Recommend

  • ahmed
    Sep 14, 2010 - 7:04PM

    @arfan
    you rockRecommend

  • Amanullah
    Sep 15, 2010 - 12:32AM

    Is main CM ki kya ghalti.! Sure he is not intended to do that, i agree VIP protocol and all that is not good and i am also not in a favor of it but IF CM goes in a hospital and due to Security mis management this happen i think only CM should not be blamed for all this Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Sep 15, 2010 - 9:39AM

    @ areefa azam

    It’s a Shame that ”Supporters” like of yourself try to hide these criminals. I swear to Almighty Allah these Pharohs move along with heaviest Security. I reside somewhere near Phiroon’s Raiwind Mehal, tell you the truth my blood boils each time they pass through our streets. Uptill 15 to 20 minutes life stands still, for the common man. 15 to 20 minutes protocol each time these ** move within Lahore. All what you see is Traffic Wardens and Police standing on both sides of the Roads neck to neck as, if they have nothing else to do. It’s a Shame that people like you try to cover it up. Some one said above that Javed Ch. wrotre what you wrote here, A Big Shame for him.

    Shame On Shebaz ”Saharif”Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Sep 15, 2010 - 9:42AM

    He should be charged with Murder of that Child.Recommend

  • Sadaf
    Sep 15, 2010 - 10:04AM

    Shame On Our Politician and GOVT Persons Shame

    I saw daily these types of events when we go back to home from office we are tired and spend our enegy fand whole day to earn some money then Traffic Police shop all trafic or Block road specially Shahrah e faisal for our Prsident Zardari,PM ,Minister or his family or friend or relative or thier cats and dogs and I saw Lots of Ambulances also jam in this traffic or found barriars on road no matter patient will servive or Not what the hell is this VIP Movement we just Hate it

    when ambulances wants road no one is ready to give way but when Minister or Wadara’s Jeep is going with lots of securites everyone is ready to give way because policemen language oh my God………

    We dont want these corrept Politician and GOVT.
    Shop torture us daily we dont want your Vip MovementRecommend

  • shafaq
    Sep 15, 2010 - 10:31AM

    people who are blaming shahbaz sharif or doctors need to think…………..use ur senses….havent you seen the cctv footage??????????? the man carried his one kg baby on public wagon from Gujranwala to lahore…and that too without oxygen…..i have been to children hospital many times and i must add that emergencies are always treated even in the case of any VIP protocol…. baby died before shahbaz sharifs arrival and he was given a proper treatment…..a complete report has been given to the minister that actually says that proper treatment was given to the baby….
    our people and media just needs an issue to highlight……and our public only believes in whatever media shows them….we dont like to use our senses ………….Recommend

  • Sep 15, 2010 - 7:38PM

    shame on you CM . the FIR should be Registered against him . why media is silent on this killing ?Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Sep 16, 2010 - 10:55AM

    ”shame on you CM . the FIR should be Registered against him . why media is silent on this killing ?”

    Good Question Mr. Salahudeen. Money Matters, Simple Answer. Rest their track record is quite enough to scare the media, If you know what I mean.Recommend

  • Rizwan Akhter
    Sep 18, 2010 - 7:04PM

    The death of a baby allegedly occurring during one of the official
    visits of CM Punjab is hillarious. CM’s security protocol was
    responsible for the death of one of newborn twins as the father of
    twins was not allowed to enter the Children’s Hospital as the CM was
    touring the premises. The father of ill fated twins was denied access
    for some 30 minutes due to which one of his children died.It is hoped
    that the death of an innocent baby is enough to force the inquiry
    panel to tackle the situation honestly and urgently.Even if the CM’s
    protocol is not found to be responsible for the infant’s death, the
    insensitive nature of the VVIP security of CM Punjab has once come to
    the fore for the people of Punjab. It is acknowledged that the CM must
    carry out his official duties and that threats do exist in this
    current climate of terrorism, but CM Punjab must not forget his
    primary duty: to serve the citizens. Khadm-e-Aala must realize it is
    not the servie of the people but in fact it is panic for the people.
    He has just adhere the word Khadm-e-Aala but in fact he seems unaware
    of the actual and practical meaning of this word. Shame on you.Recommend

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