BHC orders police raids for doctor's recovery
24 October, 2012
QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court has ordered police to conduct raids in all A and B areas of Balochistan for the safe recovery of kidnapped Dr Saeed Khan. The court directed the police to inform it if someone intervened or if there was any difficulty.
This order was passed on Tuesday by a two-member bench of the court comprising BHC Chief Justice Qazi Faez Essa and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan after suo motu of the kidnapping of eye specialist Dr Saeed Khan. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mir Zubair Mehmood and DIG (Operations) Wazir Khan Nasir appeared before the court during the hearing of suo motu notice of the kidnapping.
The BHC chief justice expressed concern over the increasing incidents of kidnapping and directed the CCPO to give the court details of the cases. He also inquired about the kidnapping of a flourmill owner, Malik Syeed Naqeebullah. Meanwhile, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter observed a strike across the province on the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday against lack of security of doctors and kidnapping of their colleague.
Dr Saeed Ahmed, an ophthalmologist medical superintendent at Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) Quetta, was kidnapped on October 16 in Sariab locality of Quetta by armed men on gunpoint. He was heading towards his residence from his private clinic. Outdoor Patient Departments (OPDs) of all main hospitals of the provincial capital, including Helper's Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Sandeman Hospital wore a deserted look as no doctor was present to provide medical assistance to patients. However, doctors attended the patients at emergency wards and in their private clinics. State-run hospitals also remained closed in other districts of the province.