Boycott: Doctors protest abduction of another colleague

OPDs and emergency wards of all major hospitals remained closed for a second consecutive day.

Mohammad Zafar August 03, 2012

QUETTA: The return of a kidnapped doctor had hardly normalised the situation in city’s hospitals before another doctor was kidnapped on Wednesday, August 1.

Doctors across Quetta protested against the latest abduction of a psychologist from Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar, boycotting the out-patient departments (OPDs) in both state-run and private hospitals on Thursday.

Kakar was abducted from the Brewery Road area.

Doctors from the Balochistan chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) organised a protest rally from Civil Hospital, which passed different areas of Quetta and stopped to stage a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club, denouncing the surge of kidnapping incidents in the city.

Addressing the demonstration, PMA President Dr Sultan Tareen said that OPDs and emergency wards will remain closed all over Balochistan till Dr Rasool is recovered.

Meanwhile, district headquarter hospitals of Kalat and Naushki also observed a complete boycott of the OPDs, showing solidarity with the kidnapped doctor.

Students of Bolan Medical College (BMC) also staged a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club on Thursday.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2012.

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