Doctors boycotted Out Patient Departments (OPDs) in all state and private hospitals across the city, as the strike against the abduction of Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar continued for the 10th consecutive day on Thursday.
About half a million people report to OPDs of government hospitals all over Balochistan for free medical advice. Since the start of the strike they have been turned back as doctors remain unavailable at the OPDs. So far no efforts have been made on part of the government and its machinery to negotiate with the enraged doctors, seeking an end to the protest strike.
Police and other investigative agencies remain silent on the incident of kidnapping, while the media is yet to be briefed about the agencies’ efforts for the safe and early recovery of Dr Kakar. The government also remains insensitive to the agonies of the ailing populace and has not made make any move to seek an end to the strike or increase pressure on the kidnappers to release the doctor.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.