The woman was being driven to hospital in the city of Quetta on Thursday evening when police blocked roads for Zardari and his convoy to pass. The woman’s brother Mohammad Yaseen said the rickshaw he had hired to take his sister to the Civil Hospital was stopped by policemen near the Askari Park.
“We waited for around two hours. And despite repeated requests the policemen did not allow us to go to the hospital,” he told this correspondent. “We pleaded with the policemen as it was an emergency but they refused citing orders that no one should be allowed to move until the president passed,” the brother told reporters.
“The baby (named Asif Khan) was born in the rickshaw, surrounded by vehicles stuck in the traffic jam. At that time police officials allowed us to return,” he said.
The President also announced Rs500,000 for the family (Why?). However, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani showed a non-serious approach on the issue. Gilani commented something on the lines of “bachay ko jehan paida hona hoga wahin ho jay ga” (child can born where ever he/she wants to). CM Raisani was of the opinion that the poor lady should have been traveled through an ambulance instead of a rickshaw, as if ambulances are allowed to penetrate through VIP blockades. I wish the families of Gilani and Raisani should go through similar situation.