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A three-day-old infant died on Friday evening, allegedly after inhaling teargas fired by police to disperse political activists near Committee Chowk earlier in the day, DawnNews reported.

Father of the deceased infant alleged that his child died after inhaling teargas.

While talking to a private news channel, the father said he held "Imran Khan, Sheikh Rasheed and the government responsible for his child's death".

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, however, held Punjab government responsible for the infant's death and said that he died due to teargas shelling by police.

The Benazir Bhutto Hospital's medical superintendent, however, denied these claims saying, "The infant was brought to the hospital at around 6pm and teargas shelling was not the reason of his death."

“The infant was having difficulty in breathing since morning,” he added.

Medical report of the deceased infant.
Medical report of the deceased infant.

Meanwhile, a district administrative official said the family lives near Gordon College, which is not near to the areas where teargas was used.

The parents, however, claimed that they were delayed due to the teargas shelling while on their way to the hospital.

The political atmosphere in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi turned tense with the PTI calling for countrywide protests on Friday after police stormed a youth convention of the party and arrested activists in the federal capital late on Thursday.

Police used teargas excessively to disperse the protesters on Friday.

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Dr Riffat Jabeen Oct 28, 2016 11:53pm

V sad incident!

Parvez Oct 28, 2016 11:58pm

If the child had a breathing problem its only logical that exposure to the riot gas would make it worse.

tarik Oct 29, 2016 12:04am

If YOU INHALE Toxic gases it will give you Pulmonary Edema shortness of breath & ultimately your demise especially if you have underlying repiratory issues to begin with. How can a genious medical superindent of hospital can give such an erroneous judgement.

Life Oct 29, 2016 12:07am

Just cash in the incident! Who will ask for proof.

Imran Oct 29, 2016 12:07am

Shame on shameless PLMN. Would they care?

Life Oct 29, 2016 12:08am

For people's sake, end this madness.

Philosopher (from Japan) Oct 29, 2016 12:24am

An innocent soul has departed. rest is useless Whose fault is this.

American Raja Oct 29, 2016 12:29am

This is indeed very sad! And yes Imran khan & co. are indeed responsible to some degree. I am all for peaceful demonstration,but in accordance with the law.

Benjamib Oct 29, 2016 12:31am

very sad n also is sad that IK is taking a political advantage of infants death...this is the alternative people are dying for????

Jan Oct 29, 2016 12:33am

As a physician i can tell use exposure to tear gas world make reactive lungs much worse and if an infant with bronchospasms would be exposed to tear gas then that would make the situation much worse.I am not sure how would medical superintendent come to any other conclusion except due to political leanings.

Adnan Oct 29, 2016 12:40am

Shame on all politicians

M. Malik Oct 29, 2016 12:59am

Open a criminal probe against the government and the police.

Observer Oct 29, 2016 01:01am

Very sad. Child dies due to tear gas. It is possible. Shame on Pakistan police. They object when crowd control is done in kashmir against stone pelters, and shell tear gas on innocent protesting people. Hypocrisy

Javed Rahman Oct 29, 2016 01:12am

First casualties occurred. Stop this nonsense lockdown for public safety

Ginai ja Oct 29, 2016 01:20am

If you have such high concentration in the as a intensive care doctor with more then 40 year experience I find it as a cause of death of infant who had breathing difficulties exposed to tear gas will cause death I find the certificate in complete and not providing facts . I am sure the doctor who recieved the dead child cannot state this that it was not the cause It is for the honour of Pakistan the Pakistan medical council look into this.

FOBO Oct 29, 2016 01:23am

It's very illogical that "tear gas"under Geneva Convention is characterized as a chemical ware fare agent,and is precluded for use in ware fare,but in some countries frequently used against civilians including Pakistan. Now it is imperative for federal Ministry of Health Islamabad,to study this, and recommend ban to federal Interior Ministry Isbd,for immediate ban on tear gas.

Nasir Oct 29, 2016 02:08am

Imran khan is master of blame game.

Kamal Pasha. Oct 29, 2016 02:13am

Now the blame game will carry on for months.

A Citizen Oct 29, 2016 02:14am

Khan sahib we know you are not responsible for any thing whatsoever. But still request you to please have mercy on the people of Rawalpindi/Islamabad, if you have little regard for innocent lives. You can still try to throw the government by legal means.

Umreekan_Sundi Oct 29, 2016 03:03am

Father is right. All three of them are responsible for his child's death. He was living close to the shelling area or not - he must have experienced delay in getting to the hospital because of the road blocks. I wish all political parties can agree not to disrupt the normal city life time and time again for their selfish political gains and hold demonstrations outside the metro area but only if wishes were horses!

Samad Chaudhry London Oct 29, 2016 03:06am

His lies has no end. The death of the child is natural causes as has been found out

Nostalgia Oct 29, 2016 04:22am

What the father was doing near the riot place with a 3 day old child?

Zafar Hussain Oct 29, 2016 04:52am

IK can use anything for his political gains.

Abd Oct 29, 2016 06:18am

In agitation poor and needy suffer.

Khurram Oct 29, 2016 06:30am

@Parvez If the child has breathing problems then why he/she was discharged after 72 hours of his/her birth This is truly hospital negligence rather than govt/political authorities

Shaukat Ali Khan Oct 29, 2016 06:50am

What was that infant doing there? His parents put him to risk if IK is true and they must be prosecuted.

Shaukat Ali Khan Oct 29, 2016 06:54am

I wish children are kept away from PTI shows to obviate such sad incidents.

INDEPENDENT Oct 29, 2016 07:27am

Loss of infant life, a sad incident.

Govt. locked Islamabad before PTI did. People can understand who to blame.

Umer Salahuddin Oct 29, 2016 07:32am

Imran Khan and Sh. Rashid are responsible for this incident because they blocked the roads and this is what these two wants to use it to escalate public against government and create anarchy. They both wants more dead bodies.

THINK SHUTTLE Oct 29, 2016 09:02am

PMLN and his hooligans responsible.

Shaukat Ali Khan Oct 29, 2016 11:17am


Responsibility lies with the initiators and not with those who react. Here IK and his hooligans are the initiators and must be held responsible.

PML-END Oct 29, 2016 11:32am

@Shaukat Ali Khan

Go thugs go , Its PMLN dictators/plain clothes hooligans and purchased police with tear gas, making peoples life miserable by disrupting peaceful protests.

Ali Oct 29, 2016 11:48am

Parents has lost there son and no one can relief there pain. I bet remove the security of the politician and see who dares to do curruption. If PM Nawaz or Zardari or Imran Khan will be treated on the bases of equality as a common man no body will dare to do curruption. Our system is protecting them unfortunately.

Shahan Khan Oct 29, 2016 03:22pm

Its is sad that the child lost his life. Who in the right mind brings a baby in protest. And NO this is not how protest is supposed to be done. Its one thing to say that peaceful protest later turns into a mess by law enforcement agencies, but its another thing that the law enforcement agency stated before protest that they will use such tactics and still the protest was made and children were brought in.

Muhammad zafar iqbal Oct 29, 2016 05:56pm

For all troubles to common persons these rejected politicians like IK and Qadri are directly responsible ,