KU developed herbal ointment | ISO female students protest
Karachi University develops herbal ointment for skin disease
Karachi, July 13: Researchers belonging to the University of Karachi (KU) Hussein Ebrahim
Jamal (HEJ) Research Institute of Chemistry have developed a herbal ointment for
the treatment of a common skin disease, leishmaniasis.
Institute of Chemistry Director Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary described the study on
leishmaniasis as the first of its kind in the region. This research was
conducted in collaboration with Jinnah Post Graduate Medical College Dermatology
Department Head Dr Azam Samdani and Dermatologist and Larkana Leprosy Unit
In-charge Dr Farooq Soomro.
Leishmaniasis is an infectious skin disease
that looks like a wound and is caused by the parasite, leishmania. The disease
is transmitted through the bite of sand files usually active in the evening and
night. These flies breed in dense vegetation and caves or burrows of small
rodents. The infection due to the parasite shows on the skin and the disease
usually shows on the hands, feet and face, said Research Officer Samreen
Cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis is most common in Pakistan and is
seen in the people of Balochistan, upper Sindh and northern mountainous areas,
mostly in the winter. This disease is caused by a different species of
leishmania, including leishmania major and leishmania tropica. In 2001, the
biggest outbreak of this disease was seen in districts of Larkana, Sukkur and
The treatment of the disease involves the drug pentavelant
antimonials but as it has severe side effects as well as the fact that the
parasite is becoming resistant to the drug is limiting its
"Administering the medicine via an injection is painful and
the drug is expensive too besides it has side effects, whereas a herbal ointment
extracted from garlic bulbs and different plant species has little to no side
effects and can be easily applied to the patients skin," revealed Samreen.
She maintained that five years of research have shown that this is the
cheapest treatment, which all patients can afford.
During the primary
study, when the herbal ointment was applied to 200 patients suffering from skin
leishmaniasis, 150 patients responded positively. This disease can happen to
people of all ages but it is usually common in the elderly.
little known about visceral leishmaniasis, a dangerous form of the disease and
more research is required. This type of leishmaniasis affects the internal
organs of the body including the spleen, liver and bone marrow. Visceral
leishmaniasis is the second most prevalent type of leishmaniasis in Pakistan
after cutaneous leishmaniasis," she further said. This disease is more common in
rural areas while the parasites may also be spread through blood transfusions
and sharing contaminated needles.
People who have cutaneous
leishmaniasis have one or more sores on their skin. These sores can change their
size and can become larger over time, while some of the sores are covered by a
scab. These sores may be painful or painless. In some cases glands also form
near the sores.
"thats is rong article he repots ronge biological activity, that thing is rong, Prof. Dr. iqbal is also inovolved in plagarism."
City, Country: lahore
"I am suffering from leishmansis and i need the herbal drug. Pl send me ghe name and detail of the drug. Thanks"
Name: Sana ul haq
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan
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ISO female students protest against Islamophobia
Karachi: Female students of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) staged a demonstration on Sunday against the murder
of an Egyptian Muslim woman, called Marwa el-Sherbini in a courtroom in
They called her 'hijab martyr' because she was branded as a
'terrorist' by her neighbour for wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf and she
had sought justice against it.
The female students gathered outside
Karachi Press Club against the Sherbini's murder. They lifted Sherbini's
portraits and placards inscribed with slogans including 'Marwa's murder in a
German Court is an example of Islamophobia in the West' and 'Marwa's murder
exposed the US and Europe's hatred of Muslims'.
Speaking at the protest
demonstration, ISO Talebat Karachi Chapter Official Shireen demanded that the
German government execute Sherbini's murderer and try the security personnel
over their negligence.
She said that on the one hand, murderer openly
stabbed an innocent Muslim woman to death and on the other, the security
personnel in the courtroom fired at Sherbini's husband.
"Neither the US
nor the EU condemned the gory nor has macabre killing that shaken whole of the
humanity, let alone the Muslim world. Not a single statement from the United
States and the European nations, why," she expressed surprise.
official said that criminal and inhuman silence of the US and European
governments, even after an entire week has passed after the murder, have
uncovered their real faces.
The ISO female wing adopted a resolution
that demanded the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the United
Nations (UN) to take notice of the murder. Dialy Times
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Book on Pakistan's foreign policy published
Karachi: The Department of International Relations (IR) at the University
of Karachi (KU), in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad,
has published a book titled 'Foreign Policy Making Process: A Case Study of
Pakistan,' according to a press statement issued on Sunday.
which has been edited by Department of IR Chairperson (and Programme on Peace
Studies and Conflict Resolution Director) Prof. Dr Moonis Ahmar, examines in
detail the themes on foreign policy making, the role of ethics in the practice
of diplomacy and the formulation of foreign policy making, the historical basis
of foreign policy of Pakistan, and the role of the foreign office, military and
intelligence agencies, civil society, public opinion and the media in the
formulation of Pakistan's foreign policy, the statement added.
also has in depth chapters on Pakistan's relations with the United States, India
and Afghanistan and has contributions from Ambassador (retd) Tanvir Ahmed Khan,
Ambassador (retd) Shamshad Ahmed, former foreign secretaries, Ambassador (retd)
Shahid Amin, Ambassador (retd) Tariq Fatem, Prof. Dr Rasul Bux Rais, Prof. Dr
Moonis Ahmar, Dr Jafar Nawaz Jaspal and Munizeh Zuberi. The book has been
printed at the KU Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation. The News
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