Instead of providing doctors and other medical staff, who are at the forefront in fighting the coronavirus pandemic with appropriate medical equipment, the Imran Khan government in Pakistan has allegedly suppressed their voices as they protest to seek their own safety.
The police charge baton fees and arrest the doctor
According to the ANI news agency, police in Pakistan have arrested doctors and medical personnel protesting against inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment. According to the president of the Pakistan Association of Young Doctors (YDA) Dr. Yasir Achakzai, YDA and paramedical staff in Balochistan protested on Monday against the unavailability of PPE in their struggle against coronaviruses, Dawn reported.
They were later charged with sticks by security forces and dozens of them were captured near the Red Zone, he said. Razzaq Cheema, deputy deputy inspector general of the Quetta police, confirmed that the police had arrested dozens of protesters who appeared to be arbitrary.
‘We assure we are serious about resolving the problem of rest’
After this, YDA announced the withdrawal of services from government hospitals. Khan said, “We have suspended all our services after the police’s innocence.” An alleged video from the protest site also appeared as evidence of arrest. In a tweet, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan announced that he met YDA doctors and assured them of the full cooperation of his government in their battle against COVID-19 and in meeting their demands.
I personally gave a seat and met a YDA doctor … and assured us we would solve their contract employee’s problem, new posts were advertised and the rest … and assured us we were serious in resolving the problem of rest.
But, it is inappropriate to lock MS offices and put keys on them. pic.twitter.com/pVRflLQRf0
– Kamal Khan Jam (@jam_kamal) April 6, 2020
Khan joined PML-N President and Opposition Leader at the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in condemning police behavior.
Strongly condemned the torture & arrest of doctors & paramedics in Quetta. This belies the logic of how those who are at the forefront of the struggle for the welfare and survival of our collective lives are humiliated solely for demanding protective equipment. What a shameful behavior!
– Shehbaz Sharif (Stay at home to stay safe) (@CMShehbaz) April 6, 2020
PPP joint chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called the move “state thuggery” and criticized the PTI government led by Imran Khan for violence against doctors. The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Monday surged past 3,600 with the maximum number of COVID-19 cases reported from Punjab province.
(With ANI input)
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