40 doctors fell victim to target killing & kidnapping: PMA

By Our Reporter
QUETTA: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter took out a rally here on Saturday against the kidnapping of (LRBT) Ophthalmologist Dr. Saeed Ahmed.
The rally of the PMA members passed through various streets of provincial capital and culminated in a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club.
The protesting PMA members were carrying banners and placards in their hands inscribed with various anti-government slogans. They also chanted slogans against the provincial government for providing no security to the doctors’ fraternity. They condemned the provincial government as corrupt and patron of kidnappers.
Addressing on the occasion, the president of PMA Balochistan Dr. Sultan Tareen and other speakers said that as many as 27 doctors fell victim to target killing and 13 were kidnapped during the last three years and regretted that they had repeatedly asked the provincial government to provide doctors security but in vain and the acts of kidnapping for ransom go on unabated.
“This is the very reason why doctors are being kidnapped and targeted repeatedly,” the speakers said.
It may also be mentioned here that Balochistan High Court took notice of kidnapping of eye specialist Dr. Saeed Khan who was kidnapped on Oct 16, from Sariab area of provincial capital.
An application submitted by chairman of Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) in Balochistan High Court in which he had appealed for the recovery of Dr. Saeed Khan.
Applicant pleaded that the LRBT hospital Quetta was working since 2011 and had treated 984275 patients and done 80368 surgeries free of cost under the supervision of Dr. Saeed Khan.
The court took notice of kidnapping of Dr. Saeed Khan by converting application into a petition and sought report from Balochistan government, Home Secretary CCPO Quetta and others authorities concerned on October 23.
The court also directed concerned police station and officers for taking prompt steps for the recovery of kidnapped doctors besides also directed Advocate General Balochistan to appear before the court on Oct 23 regarding the case.
Meanwhile, doctors continued observing strike throughout the province on third consecutive day on Saturday to protest the kidnapping of doctors and non- recovery of Dr. Saeed Khan.
All the Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) in main hospitals in Quetta, including Helper’s Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Sandeman Hospital remained closed, as no doctors were present to provide medical assistance to patients.
The patients in provincial capital in particular and in Balochistan in general faced inexplicable difficulties due to the absence of the doctors in government run hospitals.
The strike of the doctors continued in other districts of Balochistan other than Quetta, including Pishin, Chaman, Killa Abdullah, Mastung, Khuzdar, Kalat where all the district headquarter hospitals remained locked in protest.

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