PMA protests for the recovery of “missing doctors”
QUETTA: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Balochistan Chapter, held a protest demonstration in front of the Balochistan Assembly demanding for early and safe recovery of doctors listed missing for past one year.
“Six doctors are reported missing and seven others had been killed during the past one year and the government had failed to take any action against the involved criminals and provide protection to the lives of the doctors,” Provincial President of PMA, Dr. Mazar Khan, told news men outside of the Assembly.
He said that doctors are feeling insecure because of frequent incident of killing and kidnapping and could not perform their duties in hostile circumstances.
They were carrying placards inscribed slogans in support of their demands. The protesting doctors chanted slogans against the government for its failure to maintain peace in the province.
“If the missing doctors had committed any crime they should be tried in court of law otherwise there is no justification to detain them in illegal custody,” he said.
The protestors claimed that Dr. Nasim was whisked away by secret agencies from Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital few weeks ago.
The families of missing doctors are living in painful condition as they don’t know whether their beloved are alive or dead, Dr. Sultan Tareen said.
They dispersed peacefully after the assurance of the provincial Ministers that they would discus the issue with the Chief Minister of Balochistan at the presence of a delegation of doctors.
It may be mentioned here that the doctors are observing two hours’ token strike suspending healthcare facilities at the OPDs of all hospitals in protest against kidnapping and enforced disappearance of highly qualified doctors.