Young doctors to observe country-wide strike

Published: June 14, 2011
200 doctors were marching from the Civil Hospital to the CM Secretariat in Quetta when police started aerial firing.

200 doctors were marching from the Civil Hospital to the CM Secretariat in Quetta when police started aerial firing.

QUETTA: The Young Doctors Association has announced to observe a country-wide strike from Wednesday against manhandling of doctors in Quetta and detention of several association members.

Three doctors sustained injuries when police used tear gas and fired aerial shots at protesting doctors on Tuesday.

Police used tear gas and fired shots in the air to prevent 200 of Balochistan’s young doctors from staging a sit-in protest in front of Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Quetta. The doctors were marching from the Civil Hospital .

Using road blocks, the police was able to stop the protesting doctors near the Officer’s Club in Quetta.

When the doctors tried to break the blockade, the police shelled the protesters with tear gas and fired aerial shots.

In the ensuing clash, three doctors received gun shot wounds and five others were injured due to shelling. The injured doctors have been shifted to the hospital for treatment.

The young doctors have been on strike for the past two months and are demanding for a raise in their salaries. Due to the strike, they are no longer performing emergency services in hospitals.

The doctors have lost support of the people as they are not even attending the patients in emergency department.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Farhan Ghafoor
    Jun 14, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Don’t Understand something, the headline states that Police fired on doctors. Article Mentions they did aerial firing. Which one is true?Recommend

  • Much amused
    Jun 14, 2011 - 3:56PM

    Shame. No one is safe anymore. Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:05PM

    What is wrong with Quetta police?. I think the IG police needs to be asked why is police acting so brutally.He should call his senior officers and mentor them and give them a final warning that this sort of brutality will not be tolerated or accepted. First in cold blood -shooting down of 5 foreigners,then yesterdays incidence of drunk police officer beating up the doctor who conducted autopsy of the 5 dead.
    Something seriously is wrong.Recommend

  • Fareedi
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Another instance of the high handedness of our security officials…. are they really for our security or to kill us?Recommend

  • Sidra Humayun
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Expecting more dismissals …cruel forces everywhere. Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 14, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Police firing on unarmed protesters is not acceptable. It seems like everyone is just looking at the Supreme Court for some action.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Can the Government of Pakistan just shrink to Islamabad and allow some Indian outsourcing company like Tata to create a new state to take over the rest of Pakistan and establish a real democratic state where people can be safe from religious discrimination (Shias, Christians, Hindus, Qadanis, etc.), ethnic discrimination (Baloch, Muhhajirs, etc.), and job discrimination?

    Then the GOP, ISI, and military can do whatever they want in Islamabad and let the rest of the previous citizens of Pakistan live in peace and prosperity. Recommend

  • Sarah
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:45PM

    In France doctors went on strike to demand better pays and the people sided with doctors and put pressure on government. The crisis ended beautifully in least amount of time. In Pakistan doctors working for less than 10 thousand rupees per month go on strike to get the same pay as a chowkidar of a bank and people support the government. How can such people ever expect to get high quality health care. You have broken the resolve of doctors.Recommend

  • umer
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:58AM

    doctors on strike? disgraceful. Recommend

  • bushra afridi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:26AM

    doctors have taken the oath to serve the humanity but not at the cost of their life….we are extremely disappointed from govt.,public and media,no one of want to listen to our problem but only want to blame…Recommend

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