Trial of doctors’ killers demanded in military courts


KARACHI: Different organizations of doctors on Monday unanimously demanded of the federal and provincial governments to arrests the culprits involved in doctors; killing in Karachi and their cases be trialed in military courts.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi chapter organized a condolence meeting over the killing of doctors, at PMA House which was chaired by its President Prof Dr Idrees Adhi and Dr Qazi Wasiq. The representatives of PMA Center, Sindh Doctors’ Welfare Organisation (SDWO), Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA), Pakistan Orthopaedic Association (POA), Medical Aid Committee and other organizations attended the meeting.

The meeting condoled the killing of two doctors in Paposh Nagar on 10th January 2015. Two doctors including child specialist Dr Akbar Ali and homeopathic Dr Yawar Hussain were shot dead in their clinics last Saturday.

The doctors’ organizations unanimously condemned the killing of doctors, demand compensation for bereaved families and suggested to observe strike and stage sit-in in hospitals. They demanded brining the culprits to book and demanded the authorities concerned to try them in military courts in order to stop the menace of target killing of health practitioners in the city.

Prof Dr Idrees Adhi in his remarks said, the key factor behind the doctors’ killing in Karachi was sectarianism, as significant number of health practitioners are killed due this sole reason. He said beside this doctors were being killed over refusal of extortion money, ransom, ethnics issues, affiliation with political parties and others reasons.

Dr Kaleem Butt said unfortunately two health practitioners were killed within 15 minutes in same locality but no any leader of political parties bothered to condemn these murders. He said doctors’ organizations must devise a comprehensive plan before launching their protest in public hospitals in Karachi and other parts of Sindh province to get stopped the killing of their colleagues.

President, Pakistan Orthopaedic Association (POA), Prof Dr Mohammad Parwez Anjum said patrolling of law enforcers must be assigned to protect doctors during clinic hours. He suggested initiating phase-wise protest demonstrations and sit-ins to record their protest against doctors killing.

Senior leader PMA Center Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said all private clinics, hospitals and public hospitals should jointly shut down their institutions on a same day to give a strong message to the government and other institutions so that they can take required steps to get the killing of doctors in Karachi stopped.

Secretary General PMA Center Mirza Ali Azhar said doctors’ organizations, civil society and media must support the doctors protesting against the killing of their colleagues.

Leader of Sindh Doctors’ Welfare Organisation Dr Nawaz Mallah said doctors want protection as per the constitution of the country and reserve right to protest against killing of their community members.

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