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Doctors, lawyers go on strike over PIC incident across Punjab

Doctors, lawyers go on strike over PIC incident across Punjab
December 12, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – Doctors and lawyers went on strike across the province over the PIC incident on Thursday. Doctors are observing the strike in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan and several other cities. On the other hand, the lawyers are also observing the strike against the arrest of their colleagues across the province. The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and lawyers from Balochistan have also joined the strike. On Wednesday, at least three patients lost their life during the attack at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by lawyers stormed and ransacked PIC in protest against doctors. The administration hided to save their lives when the PIC was attacked by the rioters, however, the process of treatment for patients stopped for a while and three patients died during this horrible scene. When the enraged layers attacked at the PIC, the patients also harassed and the doctors ran from the scene left patients on mercy of God. They left the medical examination of patients as well as the patients and their relatives also compelled to flee for saving lives. One relative of patient said that the lawyer snatched oxygen bag and another old-aged woman narrated the story of hooliganism by the lawyers. PIC Lawyers rioters Dr Yasmeen patients doctors YDA Doctors were made hostage by lawyers for almost two hours. Doctors chanted slogans against Dr Yasmeen. The protesters forcibly entered PIC where a heavy contingent of the police was already present. They also beat up the media persons and stopped from covering the event. They also entered the ICU. A rally attended by hundreds of lawyers stormed Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore attacked the PIC hospital after raising slogans in different wards and some people entered into the operation theatres which led to the stoppage of the scheduled surgeries of cardiac patients. The participants of the rally also shattered the window glasses of out-patient department (OPD) wards, as well as many vehicles present inside the hospital. Dr Asif, Patron-in-Chief of Young Doctors Association (YDA), told that the physicians and nurses were attacked and brutally tortured by the lawyers at the PIC hospital. He alleged that the situation turned violent when some lawyers raised slogans to kill the doctors. Later, the police personnel charged baton and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesting lawyers for bringing the situation under control. The protestors were dispersed after baton charge and usage of water-cannon by the police officials.