Killing of doctors continues in Karachi

Karachi: As many as 47 doctors had become victim of target killing incidents from 2010 to 2014 in Karachi and no concrete step has yet taken so far to stop the unabated killing healthcare professionals in city.

These doctors were killed on sectarians grounds, non-payment of extortion money, ransom, personal disputes, ethnics issues, affiliation with political parties and others reasons.

According to the data compiled by Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) 47 doctors were killed from 2010 to 2014 in Karachi over multiple reasons. The report said 10 doctors become victim of target killing incidents from 2014 till today. Fourteen health practitioners were killed 2013, 11 in 2012, four in 2011, and eight in 2010. However, no data about the killings of doctors was available from 2005 to 2009.

The report further revealed that three doctors were killed in 2004, two in 2003, seven in 2002, 13 in 2001 and six in 2000. Seven doctors were killed in 1999, four in 1998, 13 in 1997, six 1996 and eight in 1995. As per the data 17 doctors became victim of target killing from 1990 to 1994. A total of 133 doctors were killed from 1990 to 2014 except the period of 2005 to 2009.

President PMA Karachi Dr Idress Adhi talking to PPI said PMA as representative of doctors had knocked the door of health department, rangers, police, other law enforcing agencies, social media and print & electronic media to stop the target killing of healthcare practitioners Karachi city but unfortunately nobody is ready to play their due role in this regard.

He said no such example of killing of medical professionals is found in any other country. He said political parties disown the target killings of doctors but they are not ready to device any policy to control the murder of professionals. He said lack of political will is major reason behind non-stop killing of doctors in the city. He said doctors are being killed on sectarian grounds, non-payment of extortion, ransom money and other reasons.

He said police claimed about the arresting the criminals involved in target killing but nobody is ready to inform PMA about how many killers of doctors have been arrested so far. He said police and rangers complaint centers were established in PMA House but no action had been taken on doctors’ complaints so far.

He demanded of government and law enforcement agencies to play their due role to stop the killing of professionals as no society can survive without the professionals.

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