PMA demands compensation to families of martyred doctors

KARACHI: President, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Karachi, Dr Shaukat Ali Malik, on Tuesday demanded of the Sindh government to pay compensation to families of doctors as promised made by CM Sindh.

This he said while addressing a press conference at the PMA House Karachi. General Secretary PMA Karachi Dr Ahmed Bhimani was also present on this occasion. Dr Malik said the briefing was organized to remind authorities concerned that the PMA observed strike on 2nd Feb 2015 to raise some important issues being faced by the doctors’ community that comprise four demands, including urgent payment of support money to martyred doctors’ families, effective security for doctors, immediate arms licenses to doctors who wish to have one, and permission to carry the arm legally and actions against all extortion groups.

He said after the strike, chief minister invited the PMA leadership at CM House where health minister, health secretary, home minister, home secretary, IG Police and Commissioner Karachi were also present. He said in this meeting, all the demands were accepted by the provincial government.

He said PMA delegation was assured that the process of implementation of these demands will start very soon, but unfortunately, after one-year today, we feel that out of four demands, only two were partially implemented.

Dr Malik said security of the doctors had definitely improved with Rangers operation and activities of extortion mafia also reduced. He said director general Rangers and his team had done a remarkable job to bring back peace in the metropolis. But the criminal cases were not sent to military courts as promised by the government. He said doctors willing to acquire arm licenses could not get license yet. He informed that as far as the support money is concerned, PMA demanded Rs 10 million for every victim family of martyred doctor, but the Sindh government approved Rs 2 million only.