PESHAWAR - The doctors community on Wednesday staged a sit-in against the government's failure for taking solid steps to stop kidnapping for ransom of paramedics, target killings, extortion mafia, and inadequate facilities at major teaching hospitals across the province. The protest sit-in was staged here at main Sher Shah Soori road in front of telephone house.
The protesting doctors holding placards and banner inscribed with slogans against the provincial government and law enforcement agencies and their demand to ensure protection to their community. The protesting doctors under the banner of Provincial Doctors' Association (PDA), the office-bearers of ANP affiliated Malgari Doctoran, PPP's People's Doctors Forum, and Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA), Muslim Doctors Association (MDA) gathered here at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) and then marched towards the Chief Minister House.
The enraged protesting doctors also chanted their full-throated slogans against the kidnapping for ransom, provincial government, and police for failing to ensure protection to doctors' community.
Talking to media person, PDA Chairman Dr Shahswar said that the government had failed to provide protection and take action against those people involved in kidnapping of doctors. He said it was utmost responsibility of the government to ensure protection of lives and property of the masses.
Meanwhile, Advisor to Chief Minister and Member Provincial Assembly Ishtiaq Urmar reached the spot and met with the protesting doctors. Urmar tried to convince the protesting community to end their sit-in on taking practical steps for their security but failed.
The advisor then took a 10-member delegation of protesting community led by PDA Provincial President Dr Shah Sawar along-with him to meet the chief minister and appraise him of their concern. Earlier, the community also decided not to end their sit-in until negotiation succeeded.
Later on, the PDA leaders in a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak were assured to take practical steps for resolution of their problems. Chief Minister also ordered a judicial probe into the target killing of doctors and against the kidnapping for ransom. During the negotiation, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Provincial Spokesman Ishtiaq Urmar, MPA Ziaullah Afridi and others also present.