AJK PM announces Nishan-e-Kashmir for GB doctor who died of coronavirus

Muzaffarabad: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Friday announced the “Nishan-e-Kashmir” — the state’s highest official award — for Dr Usama Riaz of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) for carrying out his duty to fight Covid-19 at the cost of his life.

“Dr Usama Shaheed has set an ever-lasting example of bravery and courage and he is the pride of not just his community and country but also of entire humanity,” said the AJK premier at a meeting held to review the overall situation.

The meeting also paid rich tribute to the heroic services of medical workers.

“The doctors and paramedical staff are the frontline soldiers of our fight against novel coronavirus and we are beholden to them in this regard,” the prime minister remarked.

He also announced a bonus equal to one-month’s basic pay for doctors and paramedical staff across AJK from grade one to 20 in recognition of their bravery. He also vowed that the government would ensure their protection and equip them with personal protective gear.

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