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79 Quetta doctors given bail; strike continues

22 November, 2012

QUETTA: The strike of doctors in Balochistan entered the 36th day on Wednesday against the non-recovery of Dr Saeed Khan while 79 doctors were released on bail.

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter gave the strike call on October 16 after unidentified armed men kidnapped an eye specialist, Dr Saeed Khan from the Sariab area of Quetta.

According to details, all hospitals in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan remained closed in protest including the emergency services which inflicted untold miseries on the patients and their relatives who starved painstakingly for medical aid but in vain. The Bolan Medical Complex and Civil Hospital Quetta wore completely deserted looks on 36th day despite the appeals from authorities for ending the strike.

The major hospitals which include Children's Hospital Quetta, TB Sanatorium, Shiekh Zayyed Hospital, Tariq Hospital, National Hospital, Akram Hospital, Christian Hospital Quetta, Al-Khair Hospital, Sajid Hospital, and all other private clinics remained closed.

Quetta-I judicial magistrate granted bail to 77 doctors and ordered them to submit Rs 100,000 surety bonds. The doctors were arrested after they entered Red Zone to stage a protest demonstration outside the Chief Minister's House.

Talking to reporters, PMA leader Dr Sahadat said that they were still stick on their demand of providing security to doctors.


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